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SoCreate Guest Zach Sailer Takes Us on a Tour of Project Jupyter, and It's Literally Out of this World

Houston, Jupyter has gone to Mars, Project Jupyter that is, via the Curiosity Mars Rover. This open-source software project, started by a Cal Poly Professor and a student, helped gather data from the second-smallest planet in our solar system and sent it back to earth to a Jupyter Notebook for processing. And as if that wasn’t cool enough, Jupyter is an incredibly valuable tool even if you’re not planning on going to outer space any time soon. It has changed the way industries get work done, ranging from university research, to space exploration, to finance, to streaming. SoCreate had the pleasure of hosting... Continue reading
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SoCreate Gets a Lesson on New Headless CMS ‘Prismic’

Our latest Lunch Meet, a team-led learning series for which the team gathers monthly, was of particular interest to me as a content manager. Our Chief Software Engineer Jami Lurock presented an overview of Prismic, a “headless” content management system that’s powering the content of the all-new SoCreate.it. Unlike Wordpress or Umbraco, where the developer themes on the platform that’s already built and uses the language the platform has chosen, a “headless” CMS is simply an API. The front end of the website can be developed in any language you want, which in our case, is Angular... Continue reading
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The Magic of CSS Houdini

Hat tricks, and card tricks, and magical CSS, oh my! Our latest Lunch Meet, a team-led learning series, was full of surprises from Lead UX Designer/Developer Anthony Harris. The topic was CSS Houdini, a somewhat magical, albeit somewhat unavailable, project that could revolutionize web development as we know it. Here’s what we know. Houdini is a new collection of browser APIs that allows you to gain more access to your browser’s CSS engine. The API’s are accessible through JavaScript, making them web developer friendly. The good news? Overall, CSS Houdini would improve browser support... Continue reading
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SoCreate super-intern Tim Stoddard made his second appearance at our monthly Lunch Meet team-led learning series

NG of NG: SoCreate Gets a Lesson on What’s New with Angular v8

SoCreate super-intern Tim Stoddard made his second appearance at our monthly Lunch Meet team-led learning series, to give us a look at new features in the next generation of Angular, version 8. Tim’s an expert on Angular, having presented on behalf of SoCreate at the #NG Conference in April, the world’s original conference on Angular in Salt Lake City, Utah. So, we were eager to learn from him while we chowed down on catered Chipotle lunch! Tim covered several of the main features of version 8 of the Angular framework: differential loading, a detailed look at how the new Ivy renderer... Continue reading
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Jami Lurock presents to Microsoft

Microsoft Adds SoCreate’s Open Source Projects to Service Fabric Best Practices

We may be considered a small software company, but our team is doing BIG things in the industry. Microsoft just added two of SoCreate’s open source projects to its Service Fabric guide for best practices. Mark Fussell, Group Program Manager for Microsoft Azure, recently invited SoCreate’s Chief Engineer Jami Lurock to give Microsoft staff a demo on SoCreate Service Fabric Distributed Cache and SoCreate Service Fabric Pub/Sub over a web conference. SoCreate built these open source projects as a way to solve our own challenges while building the SoCreate screenwriting platform infrastructure. In... Continue reading
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Lauren Spence presents the color system

The Color System: SoCreate Sets Standards with CSS Custom Properties

Our most recent Lunch Meet – a SoCreate team-led learning series – may have been the most colorful yet! UX Developer Lauren Spence took the floor to teach the team about cutting edge practices being used on the UX side of SoCreate projects. While the rest of us satisfied our appetites with catered lunch, Lauren satisfied our visual senses with her presentation on the SoCreate Color System. The Color System is an innovative approach that controls and themes the colors in all of the apps we build. The system adds layers and rules on top of plain CSS, giving us a system that is easy to use, easy to... Continue reading
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Madelyn Pape BCI presentation

Hardware, Software, Wetware: SoCreate Tackles the Topic of BCI

It’s 2019, and science fiction is no longer. We’re living in an age of science reality! Our March Lunch Meet (a monthly team-led learning series) tackled the topic of brain computer interfaces (BCI), which was just what our movie-minded team was craving. UX development intern Madalyn Pape delivered the impressive presentation, as the topic is a personal passion. Avatar, The Matrix, Star Trek and Marvel’s X-Men … now these are films about mind control that we can understand! But connecting our brain to a computer in real life? As Maddy explained, this very real technology allows our brain to... Continue reading
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Laura Graesser from Google Brain and Keng Wah Loon from Machine Zone presentation on machine learning

SoCreate Supports Local Tech: Deep Reinforcement Learning Workshop

SoCreate makes a tradition out of supporting tech in San Luis Obispo. One reason is that we’re lifelong learners, and there is so much to learn from each other, and we also want to see the tech industry grow in SLO because that only helps us develop a more talented team! So, when two experts in their field stepped up to teach a PyData SLO workshop on deep reinforcement learning, we stepped up to provide the pizza! We also hosted this March Meetup here at our SoCreate offices. SoCreate Software Engineer John Jenson attended and reported back. Laura Graesser from Google Brain and Keng Wah... Continue reading
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SoCreate Launches 2 New Open Source Projects - ‘Service Fabric’ Reliable Services

When it came time to build out SoCreate’s screenwriting platform infrastructure, we evaluated several options for managing our application cache and data protection. Our SoCreate engineers are big fans of Microsoft Service Fabric, a distributed systems platform that makes it easy to package, launch, and manage scalable microservices and containers. Service Fabric also addresses challenges related to developing and managing cloud native applications. So, rather than using Redis or SQL Server as a cache store, we built our own Service Fabric ’Distributed Cache’ service, then leveraged... Continue reading
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Jami Lurock gives a presentation on home automation

Lunch Meet: Jami Lurock's Journey to Home Automation

When you combine an engineer and his home security system, the result is something far more advanced than your typical alarm. Ever wish you could just tell your garage door to open, monitor the salinity of your saltwater pool from afar, or catch your kid or roommate who leaves the window open while the heater is on, all from a mobile device? It can be done, and our chief engineer Jami Lurock set out to prove it! At our second installment of “Lunch Meet,” a monthly team-led learning series on a variety of relevant topics, Jami took the floor to talk us through his “Journey to Home Automation... Continue reading
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It's SoCreate's mission to unite the world through storytelling.

We will achieve this mission by creating the simplest, yet most powerful screenwriting enabler the world has ever seen.  We believe that delivering the world's stories through the vehicle of screenwriting will facilitate the most diverse and compelling stream of movies and television ever imagined. 

At SoCreate we make it FUN and EASY for storytellers around the world to transform their unique ideas into TV or movie scripts. It's just that simple!

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Where Art Meets Tech: Stephanie Stampher Joins SoCreate’s UX Team

It’s rare to meet someone who excels in both left and right-brained activities, but ladies and gentlemen, we’ve found ourselves that very combination in our newest team member, Stephanie Stampher. Stephanie joined our UX Team just shy of the shelter-in-place orders in California due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that has not dimmed her light. She’s a cheery and dedicated addition to SoCreate, and her talents are many! Stephanie went to college to earn an applied math degree, and she fell in love with coding during her required programming classes. She decided that she loved it ... Continue reading

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