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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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The Case of the 297 Extra Documents—a MongoDB Mystery!

During the second quarter of 2015, my team—one of the Platform teams within Engineering—updated the MongoDB dependency for notification-services as part of an effort to responsibly consolidate MongoDB replica sets across the organization. In updating from MongoDB 2.4.6 to 3.0.2, we learned much about MongoDB and notification-services, and one particular lesson makes for a good …

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Dealertrack’s Fall ’15 Hackathon in Full Swing

Twice a year, Dealertrack has an internal Hackathon for all of our Engineering staff across the nation. We’re now in our ninth go-round of this really awesome event that pulls the best of camaraderie and creativity out of our teams. We break into teams with one mission: to create something spectacular.

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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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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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