Josh Shea

Lead Developer

I started programming back when myspace was still cool and people still bought CDs. Today, I have over 9 years experience programming high end web applications and websites that have garnered national exposure. My passion is learning everything about businesses - their markets, their strategies, and their goals - and building something that will be truly amazing.
Why Google is Right about Mobile Sites (& What It Means For You)

Why Google is Right about Mobile Sites (& What It Means For You)

The rankings, they are a’changin’! As you’ve no doubt heard, Google has announced plans to change its algorithm to award higher search rankings to mobile-optimized websites. This will essentially downrank those who continue to act as if having a mobile-optimized site is a luxury, not a necessity. The update will go into effect on April 21, 2015. Obviously, the news got the industry talking. Digital marketers began blogging (and blogging and blogging) about it, while web development firms started shooting out emails telling their clients to start making their websites mobile-friendly…

Sexism in Tech: Enough is Enough (From One Man to Another)

Sexism in Tech: Enough is Enough (From One Man to Another)

At a recent Atlassian Developers conference held in Berlin, a developer inadvertently entered the debate that’s been raging around the world – the sexism that exists in our culture. He put up a slide, comparing an Atlassian plugin to his girlfriend – saying both were beautiful but both: Complain a lot Demand his attention Interrupt him when he’s working Don’t play well with his other friends His intentions were probably benign – to be funny. I’m sure he thought he was being clever and he probably didn’t even realize his…

Why It Costs More Today To Build A Website

Why It Costs More Today To Build A Website

A few years ago you built an amazing website. Maybe it was 2009 or 2010. At the time, you loved it. You told all your friends about it and they loved it, too. But that was a few years ago and now it’s starting to look a little stale. It just doesn’t function the way newer websites function. It gets ridiculed and beaten up by other websites after gym class. So you begin the arduous task of the dreaded *redesign*. You call it a redesign. In your mind, it has…

Quality Assurance Matters. Seriously.

Quality Assurance Matters. Seriously.

Social media in the Capital District erupted into frenzy recently when a local school published its yearbook with placeholder copy where student names should have been. But not just any placeholder copy. Funny placeholder copy. Except it obviously wasn’t that funny to the students. Or their parents. Or the administration. Let’s explain. The misprints occurred on pages of group shots. One picture included the caption “creepy smile guy”. Another: “tall guy”. A picture of a sports team had, instead of the bottom row of names, listed “Entire bottom row –…

Being A Slave To Process Will Kill You

Being A Slave To Process Will Kill You

As an agency, we believe in process. The goal is to streamline. The goal is to remove ambiguity. The goal is to become more efficient, but, most importantly, the goal is to foster a more collaborative workflow between the different departments. And that’s why I spent the majority of last week looking at our process for developing websites and web applications and, alongside our other departments, made some significant modifications to our workflow. There’s a problem in a majority of high-volume production agencies. We partition our designers, our developers, our…

Why Failure is Inevitable – And Important

Why Failure is Inevitable – And Important

As the lead developer at Overit, I’m consulted on a daily basis for my ‘expertise’ by clients, by account managers, by business owners, by colleagues and by my own team to create solutions for problems I’ve never thought about before. I’m expected to be on the top of my game and ready with the right answers to problems, even when I have little to no background knowledge of the particular situation. I’m asked for my opinion, my advice and my solutions. When that’s not happening, I’m writing code. I’m calculating…

What Web Developers Need From Clients

What Web Developers Need From Clients

You need a new Website. Or a Web application. Or you have an amazing idea you need someone to actually build. Chances are you’re going to need a developer. There are a lot of stereotypes about developers. Many think we’re nocturnal (some of us are) or we speak in some sort of code. Or that if you come into our offices here at Overit you’ll find us wearing headphones and typing furiously with deep thoughtful frowns on our faces. The truth, developers are a pretty awesome bunch! We can be…

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