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Cool Robots and Drupal 8

D8 - Same as it Ever Was

Submitted by Jonathan Franks on Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:40

Drupal 8 is new and really different from Drupal 7. The documentation on drupal.org isn’t complete or thorough yet, and most of the blog posts I’ve come across are from 2014 or 2015 and are obsolete.

I’m going to give some tasks and examples the way we’d do them in Drupal 7 and then how we do them in Drupal 8. We’ll assume you already have a Drupal 8 install up and running - that is pretty well documented and easy. I’m using the Standard install profile.

One Million Tests

One Million Tests!

Submitted by Doug Wilson on Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:44
In 2017, Breakthrough Technologies completed a significant milestone.  The Validity Assessment Platform completed its millionth test in the US K12 market.  Validity is an open-source assessment platform that can be deployed by states to administer summative assessments in Science, Mathematics, ELA and social science.  Breakthrough currently offers this platform to any state desiring to administer high-quality, secure assessments at scale to the students of their state.
Javascript Coding

Javascript Promises and Monads

Submitted by Doug Wilson on Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:56
By Daniel Weiner, Software Engineer, Breakthrough Technologies

In this article I'll talk about a concept that is prevalent in functional programming: monads. We'll learn about JavaScript promises as well, and I'll talk about how we can learn from functional programming when developing in JavaScript.


20-sided die

And Now for Something Completely Different...

Submitted by Doug Wilson on Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:06
Breakthrough Technologies is going back to its roots.  We have always, in our secret heart of hearts, been a geeky technology shop, and we have decided to let that freak flag fly.  Over the next few months this blog will be innundated with posts from our teams about the cloud, new programming topics, assessments on new frameworks and thoughts about the future of software development.
Hold Phone Up

New use for Artificial Intelligence

Submitted by Ellie Wilson on Fri, 08/04/2017 - 17:46

Recently while stumbling around the internet looking for a way to pass the time while hiding out from the rain, I happened upon an IoT News article on a new Microsoft application for iOS devices.


How Your Organization Can Go Mobile

Submitted by Doug Wilson on Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:53


In my last blog post, I talked about the benefits of an association or nonprofit organization "going mobile". If you’ve decided that your association or nonprofit organization can benefit from the increased outreach this big step will provide, here are a few ways you can get started with the process;



Should your Association or Nonprofit go Mobile?

Submitted by Doug Wilson on Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:29

Every association uses technology to manage and engage their membership.  Every nonprofit cultivates a community through technology in an effort to take their mission and keep it front and center in their constituents lives. With membership and community being cultivated and supported on a day-to-day basis, certain upgrades might need to be made and products developed in order to keep up with the fast-paced life of the average person.

BT Agile Practioners

Next Generation of Agile Practitioners

Submitted by Doug Wilson on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:41
A field report by Katey Berg, BT Agile Practice Manager

I recently had the pleasure of guest speaking at DePaul University’s Software Projects for Community Clients I (IT394) class.
BT Booth at ASAE Technology Conference & Expo 2016

BT Attends ASAE Technology Conference & Expo 2016

Submitted by Darren Callahan on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 09:50
J. Weber, BT Business Solutions Manager, and Casey O’Brien, BT Solutions Lead, spent a few days at the American Society of Association Executives™ (ASAE) Technology Conference & Expo this month. We talked with them about their experience.
What did you discover from talking with ASAE Expo attendees?
Breakthrough Technologies Chicago Innovation Awards Illinois State Board of Education

Chicago Innovation Awards 2016

Submitted by Doug Wilson on Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:19
Breakthrough Technologies, in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education, was nominated for the 2016 Chicago Innovation Awards.  Breakthrough was identified as a finalist and the awards ceremony was held on October 25th.  The Breakthrough team was there to honor the awards winners, network with the finalists and winners, and soak up the great Chicago business entrepreneurship vibe.