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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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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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Behavior-Driven Design: One Team’s Exploration

This past September, I attended VT Code Camp and gave a presentation on the exploration that my engineering team had done with Behavior Driven Development (BDD) which is a software development process that focuses on specifying behavior instead of writing tests. Roughly two years ago we received some copies of The Art of Agile Development to read and discuss. As we …

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Welcome to Our Engineering Blog!

At Dealer.com, a Dealertrack solution our mission is to help automotive dealers thrive in today’s digital retailing environment and our talented software engineers are making that possible through relentless technological innovation. Stay connected with us on our Engineering Blog as we share our knowledge through posts containing solutions to common challenges, software presentations and technology events …

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