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Tech Talk and Q&A at Neumont University

Neumont University recently invited Dealertrack DMS to speak at one of their tech talks during their career fair week. Neumont is a local university in Salt Lake City, Utah that specializes in technical degrees and enables students to graduate with an accredited bachelor’s degree within three years. On the day of the event, two of …

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Nationwide Spring Engineering Event

On April 18-19, the Dealertrack and Dealer.com engineering teams participated in a nationwide engineering event. This year, each location came up with their own unique project to enhance their skills and experiment with new ideas. Participating locations included Burlington, VT, Dallas, TX, Manhattan Beach, CA, Groton, CT, Sacramento, CA, Lake Success, NY and Salt Lake …

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Managers, Check Your Ego at the (Shared) Office Door

Our Engineering leadership team here at Dealertrack has, what I would conservatively call, a healthy ego. We believe in what we are doing, and we believe we do it well (nevermind that there’s someone out there thinking otherwise). I define our leadership team as everyone from the chief technology officer, vice president, senior directors, directors, …

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Data science at Dealer.com: a case study with sentiment analysis of automotive brands

The Product Analytics Team at Dealertrack consists of web analysts and data scientists1 who address the business needs of the products division. We use a range of business intelligence, data visualization, and statistical tools to provide insight for product development and performance. Recently, we’ve been increasing our use of the open-source R-language for statistical computing …

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Better Grails… I promise

While we were upgrading our Grails apps to use version 2.4.2, there was a pretty delightful addition to the framework that escaped our attention amongst the rest of our excitement. What’s that “pretty important addition”? The Grails Promises API. Introduced in version 2.3, the Promises library represents the Grails team’s effort to bring the GPars …

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Day In the Life of Scrum Tech Lead, Jon Hoguet

1) Briefly describe your role. What are your primary responsibilities? I spend a lot of my time collaborating with my team to reach the best tech solution for a particular problem we’re faced with. This involves specific tasks like design reviews, code reviews and big picture work such as refining the scope. 2) What are …

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