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The sdg Blog is designed to show you who we are and what we're all about. Whether you're looking to read up on the latest technologies, trying to improve your soft skills, or wondering what we've been up to, our blog offers something for everybody.

sdg Participates in Third Annual Beer 5K

Last month, the sdgFIT committee hosted our third annual Beer 5K for employees and their spouses and friends. What exactly is a Beer 5K? Well, each year the sdgFIT committee maps out a trail typically in Northeast Minneapolis, plotting out breweries along the way. The group runs from brewery to brewery trying out different beers as they go. This year we started at Able Brewery , ran to ...
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Digital Transformation: A practical guide

I remember being impressed with the ingenuity of Disney’s PhotoPass service nearly a decade ago. It was such a simple idea: “Let us take your pictures for you so you don’t have to carry a camera.” When you leave the park at the end of the day, your pictures are waiting for you. You can even put them in a Disney themed photobook while you’re there or online when you get home....
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Multiple #1 Priorities

When I get home from work, my wife has a standing “honey do” list -- a list of tasks around the house that she would like me to complete. There are always more things on the list than I can possibly accomplish in one weekend, so the list never really ends. Every item on the list is ordered from #1 to whatever the end number is in order of priority. Here’s a simple example of what is on the...
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sdg Volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House Cooks for Kids Program

sdg returned to the Cooks for Kids program at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital for the third year in a row. This amazing charity provides a home-away-from-home to families with children being treated for life-threatening conditions. Not only does RMH provide housing, it also provides hot, home-cooked meals through their Cooks for Kids program....
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Spring and Mockito - Happy Together

Mockito has become a very popular and well-documented open source mock testing library. Spring is obviously the application framework of choice these days. Most of the time when writing unit tests for your Service layer, you will either be writing a Mockito test or a Spring test. Mockito tests are used to isolate testing to only the method being tested. Mock objects stand-in for and simulate...
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