The old QuickBooks XML SDK online integration in Flex will be expiring in just over a week on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. If you are not sure which integration that is or if you are using it, it is the one where you had to manually paste in a connection ticket from QB Online into…

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With the Flex 4.8 version that was recently deployed, comes the new QBO (QuickBooks Online) integration. If you have been using the QBO integration, you can start using this right away. However, switching over is not automatic, there is a bit of effort required on your part to switch over. If you are not currently…

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We are currently in the final stages of developing a completely new integration with QuickBooks Online. It’s an exciting new integration that provides much better support for QBO (QuickBooks Online) features. The first QuickBooks integration we developed was for the QuickBooks Desktop Editions. Specifically this integration uses an underlying XML API called qbXML. We put…

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This week we start deploying version 4.6.16 of Flex.  If you haven’t looked at the release notes, check them out here. While the release notes may not signal a big release, 4.6.16 introduces two new technologies into our stack: RabbitMQ and Riak.  Another notable feature of this release is that it requires 13.04 of Ubuntu. …

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In the upcoming 4.6.16 release, we’ve made some major changes to the search system. In fact, we introduced a brand new external NoSQL database system to use for search. Everyone, meet Riak. Riak is a high speed/low latency key/value database that is masterless, distributed, & fault tolerant. Let me break that down. Masterless means that…

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Flex is growing like crazy.  We’re trying to simultaneously add new features like ROI and Multi Session while refactoring our core system to run in a multi-tenant fault tolerant architecture.  We’re also trying to minimize the amount of front end work we do in Flash since we plan to start work on a complete HTML…

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For a long time we swore we’d never open an office, but circumstances have overtaken us.  We’re now the fastest growing rental software company in the market and by some estimates the largest.  It’s odd for a small group of folks who think of themselves as the scrappy underdogs to find ourselves in that situation,…

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This week we took a little road trip down to San Diego and helped one of our clients migrate from our cloud architecture to their own in house server.  Not many customers choose this option, preferring the convenience of the cloud, but we’re always happy to support anyone who does. I’ve always cautioned customers to…

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We’re Hiring We have a lot of big projects planned for the next few years at Flex: Advanced crew scheduling, multi-session event planning, the high availability cloud architecture, mobile applications and a full HTML 5 rewrite of our front end.  And we’ll need help.  A hardcore Java nerd with production industry experience would be ideal.…

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The main priority right now at Flex is making things fast.  There are things we did when we originally designed Flex (and Shoptick before it) that we knew were suboptimal, but at the time we felt going all the way would divert resources away from more pressing concerns and more importantly, would have been wildly…

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