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Author:
Fil Vera
Author:
Tiana Warner
About FME    |    August 29, 2016    |    By Fil Vera and Tiana Warner

Technical Interview Advice, Secrets, and Survival Tips

What do tech companies like Safe Software look for in potential employees? Our recruiters share advice on the interview process, with tips on how to tackle those notorious problem-solving questions. Most tech companies have a multi-step interview process that includes a phone screen, a face-to-face interview, and a hands-on technical interview. The phone screen is usually casual […]

DATA
Author:
Tiana Warner
About Data    |    August 24, 2016    |    By Tiana Warner

6 Tableau Tasks You Didn’t Know You Could Do

We all know business intelligence is important — but getting started with advanced analytics is daunting. That’s probably why everyone from the US Department of the Interior to The Texas Rangers has turned to Tableau for help. Yes, it’s possible to turn something as scary as “segmentation and cohort analysis” into a visual dashboard that a […]

DATA
Author:
Roger Aikema
About Data    |    August 22, 2016    |    By Roger Aikema

Importing Spatial Data into Tableau using FME

Today we welcome guest bloggers Régis Longchamp and David Reksten, FME Certified Professionals from INSER. They will share part of an example they created for a client, which uses Tableau and FME to create a cartographic representation of the population distribution in Switzerland. INSER is a GIS consulting company based in Lausanne, Swizerland, and has been a Safe Software Gold […]

FME
Author:
Dmitri Bagh
About FME    |    August 18, 2016    |    By Dmitri Bagh

#FMECoin Contest in Review

My regular morning begins with a cup of coffee, news websites, Facebook (just kidding – I am among 541 people in North America who don’t have a Facebook account), and since April, with checking the new FME coin submissions. In four months, there were only seven days when we didn’t receive any new coin tweets. […]

FME
Author:
Don Murray
About Data About FME    |    August 3, 2016    |    By Don Murray

FME Server on Mac using ‘Docker for Mac’ (Part 2 of Docker at Safe)

The first announcement of Docker for Mac was both unexpected and very exciting as it promised to enabled Docker containers to run “natively” on the Mac. I have “natively” in quotation marks as containers are not really run native but the whizzes at Docker pulled off some amazing magic to create a native container feel thus making the Mac a great Docker host. Instead of using VirtualBox or another heavy virtual machine, Docker for Mac uses the lightweight xhyve virtualization technology to host the Linux version of FME Server.

DATA
Author:
Tiana Warner
About Data    |    July 13, 2016    |    By Tiana Warner

Understanding XML: The Human’s Guide to Machine-Readable Data

Data formats are designed to be either machine readable (structured so computers can process it) or human readable (easy for humans to understand). Some formats, like XML and JSON, are allegedly both. Let’s call these ambivert formats. This means when you, a human, open the file, you can read what’s inside — but the data […]

FME
Author:
Tiana Warner
About FME    |    July 5, 2016    |    By Tiana Warner

FME 2017 Beta Testers: We Want You!

The FME 2017 betas are now available for you to download and play with, which means… Mars FME Explorers Wanted! Why You Should Be An FME Beta Tester 1. Get early access to FME’s newest functionality Be one of the elite few who gets to use new formats, transformers, and functionality before they’re officially released. […]

USER
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME About Our Customers    |    July 5, 2016    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Game of Life Challenge:

This is a short post about entries to the Game of Life challenge.

If you recall, Conway’s Game of Life is a raster grid where each cell either lives or dies according to a set of rules, producing a new grid to repeat the process. The result is a living grid that a couple of people managed to solve using FME – in quite a different number of ways!

DATA
Author:
Stewart Harper
About Data    |    June 16, 2016    |    By Stewart Harper

Building a Scalable, Secure API (without writing code)

In the first three posts in this series, we looked at what APIs are, how to use them to move data in the cloud, and how to migrate data via APIs. In this post, we’ll look at how (and why) to build your own API. Why should you care about creating APIs? FME allows you to connect […]

FME
Author:
Dmitri Bagh
About FME    |    June 6, 2016    |    By Dmitri Bagh

#FMECoin – What’s behind the map?

This is how it often happens. My colleague Robyn Jones knocks on the door in my office and asks: “Can we have a system in place that would track our #FMEcoin contest on Twitter in two days?” I love this kind of challenge. The gears in my head start whirring: “We have TweetSearcher, which I’ve […]