Why Wireframes Win Over Clients

Why would anyone care about a barebones wireframe? Because basic layouts can help you demonstrate your competency to potential clients. Oursky’s working relationship with a client begins with understanding the problem they want to work and developing a user story. We share our early designs in the conversation to demonstrate our working style before they make their decision. This small investment builds trust with potential clients, helps secure contracts, and begins great working relationships.

The best part is, everyone can create a wireframe. Continue reading

9 things we wish we knew before learning JavaScript

Is JavaScript going to conquer the world? This is a question we ask ourselves every time when there is a new and awesome JS framework coming out. May, one of Oursky’s growth hackers, asked our developers what they wish they knew before they learned JavaScript.

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How Secure is your Messaging App? 7 Questions and 4 Examples

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Chances are you use some sort of messaging service. How secure are your messages? Source: Pavan Trikutam.

Support it or not, the collection and selling of information has emerged as one of the most lucrative industries of the 21st century, accompanied by a growing violation of personal privacy. Naturally, then, using a secure messaging app has become a growing concern for consumers and businesses alike. Continue reading

3 myths about BaaS that you should drop and 7 providers you should try

Face it, Backend-as-a-service (BaaS) as a concept is here to stay. Continue reading

Code, Celebrations, and Cats: Oursky’s 2016 Year-In-Review

It’s almost 2017! Most would agree 2016 has been a roller coaster ride. Before Oursky breaks for the winter holidays, we’re taking the time to reflect on this year’s milestones, achievements, and learnings. We’re grateful to all our clients, friends, and extended Oursky family who challenged and supported us to grow as a company.  Find out what we’ve been up to below! Continue reading

12 things we wish we knew before we became developers

This post is part of an Oursky series that introduces nuggets of wisdom and humour from our awesome developers in Hong Kong. These are things they would tell their younger developer selves. Continue reading

14 Apps to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work isn’t always easy. Everyone faces a road bump from time to time and we lose steam with our projects. Luckily many desktop and mobile apps are available to make our lives more productive and easier. The phrase “work smarter, not harder” is even backed by science!

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4 Dating Apps Created by Female Founders

Seeing as November 30th marks the social media campaign celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we here at Oursky wanted to celebrate this global campaign by showcasing cool apps with female founders. Dating apps being as popular as they are nowadays (who would have though “swipe right” would become a household saying?), we suddenly asked ourselves how many were founded by women.

Because — let’s face it — the most successful apps like Tinder, Match or Badoo, were mostly founded by men and aren’t always what women are looking for.

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7 Great Ways to Learn Code for Womens Entrepreneurship Day

It's never too late to get involved with coding! — Photo by ivke32

A coding plate-form  — Photo by ivke32

The tech industry is one of the fastest growing industries, but only 28% of proprietary software jobs are held by women. The industry is slowly changing, and diversity initiatives are supporting women to get jobs and rise in company ranks. At Oursky, we have women across all our teams and leadership whom have helped shape our inclusive company policies. For Women Entrepreneurship Day (Twitter #choosewomen), we wanted to share the awesome organizations — founded by women! — that help women and girls take off as awesome developers.

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Image courtesy of Girl Getting Her Geek On

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5 Tips to Resolve a Conflict

Let’s face it; with the exception of maybe Bill O’Reilly, no one likes to argue. Be that as it may, that’s not to say we shouldn’t be prepared for conflict it does inevitably erupt. You and a co-worker are having a dispute over the assumptions and logic for your build? Your cat won’t stop lying down directly on top of your keyboard as you write this article ? How do you deal with it? Continue reading

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