If you’ve known us at Panda Rose for a long time, you know these 5 words fit us well, and if you are just getting to know us or want to know more, here are some things you can expect!
I often hear people use this word to describe us at Panda Rose. Every employee is extremely knowledgeable, and quite multi-talented. If one person is ever stumped on a project, we collaborate and brainstorm with each other to reach a solution. This method is quite effective for us at Panda Rose, as so many employees are talented and knowledgeable in areas above and beyond their job title. Something really cool about us, is we actually train you how to manage your website on your own! We find it valuable for our clients to have control over their website and know how to run/oversee things.
(Or as some might say: quirky!) When I think of creativity, I think of Ms. Frizzle, the teacher on Magic School Bus! Her dress had different shapes and colours, her hair bright red and a little crazy sometimes, and her personality was always adventurous! And didn’t she have a pet lizard?
Anyway, while none of us drive a magic school bus (sadly, cause what a fun commute that would be), I would say this creative description suits us well! Most of us have quite adventurous personalities (and if you don’t believe me, watch a few of our YouTube videos and you’ll see what I’m talking about!) I would say our work matches Ms Frizzle’s outfit: it’s eye-catching, leaves a lasting impression, and displays your businesses personality perfectly (minus the tackiness)! Plus if you have glowing planet earrings you can believe we’re going to highlight it! In other words, whatever makes your business unique, we pay attention to the details and will design your website, mobile app, social media pages, etc. accordingly!
We like to have a good time at Panda Rose, and love to connect with people and network! If you are local to Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Saint Albert you have probably met someone from Panda Rose! We all love to laugh and have a good sense of humour, making us easy to get along with. One of my favourite social media posts we did was Father’s Day 2019. We sent out a bunch of dad jokes from people in the office, and you guys loved it! Creating an office and business atmosphere where people feel comfortable to express some of their biggest ideas, comes down the people. We are excited about your business and your future and our attitudes sure show it!
Panda Rose is located right here in Spruce Grove, and if you know anything about Spruce Grove, you know that we love to support each other’s businesses! Am I right, or am I right? This stretches as far as Stony Plain, Edmonton and surrounding areas. Good chance that if we work with you, we also look for any way we can support your business, such as buying your products because we genuinely love them or using your services! We are in the business of helping businesses, and we honestly want to see your business thrive.
We know how to work hard! We put in the time and effort it takes to generate results for your business so you see a profit. Your success = our success! Not sure if digital marketing, web development or any variety of things we offer will help your business thrive? We’ve seen time and time again that it does! But don’t just take my word for it, you can see for yourself! Check out our testimonials section on our website, and send us an email to see what we can do for you!
Emigrating from the Ireland to the Canada was at times a bit of a culture shock for a person like myself. As I imagine for anybody that moves to a new country to live in, there are going to be similarities but also some differences in certain aspects of life and the way things work. Some things can be simple and straightforward to get used to while others can take a bit of time to become adjusted to and comfortable with.
Here’s a list of some of the biggest differences I’ve found when adjusting to life abroad in Canada compared to living Ireland.
Driving All Over The Shop.
Learning to adjust to driving a vehicle on the opposite side of the road can have its challenges. Everything seems to be the opposite of what you are familiar with. It is akin to learning to write with your bad hand, albeit probably not as difficult, but it does take some time to acclimatize to.
No matter how long or how used to it you get it can still rear its ugly head.
It can happen at any moment, where a doubt will creep into your mind as to whether you are currently on the correct side of the road. When I jump in my car, I will occasionally find myself questioning my sanity with brief spells of anxiety and paranoia thinking, “Aw crap wait, what side of the road am I supposed to be on?”
Canadian roads seem to be much bigger and spacious when compared to driving on some Irish roads. It is not uncommon back home to find yourself in the back arse of nowhere on some small rural road with on two narrow lanes and so many bends and bumps you might as well be on a rollercoaster. The directness and grid-like layout of many roads here in Canada is a welcome change to topsy turvy roads you sometimes have to experience in Ireland.
Tipping Isn’t Just for the Cows
I was greeted by the server with a dirty look so ghastly you’d swear I was just after murdering their dog.
The concept of tipping in restaurants, bars, etc. is something I had never encountered before arriving here in Canada. It was only something I had only ever seen in movies or tv shows and had never really gave consideration to it being an actual thing. Back in Ireland, it is not really something that is considered a part of our culture. I’m sure the occasional customer would leave a little extra cash to a server but in general it wasn’t something done or expected by the majority of people.
So to my shock when first paying a bill at a restaurant here in Canada, I made the god awful mistake of not offering a tip when paying for my food. I was greeted by the server with a dirty look so ghastly you’d swear I was just after murdering their dog. I left the restaurant confounded and thinking what the hell was that all about. The following day, after a discussion with a co-worker, I came to the realization of the error of what I had done and learned on the importance of tipping etiquette and to do not so you could potentially leave you in the bad books with a restaurant or bar server in the future. I have never failed to add a tip to this day.
Winter Is Coming
Oh this isn’t so bad; it seems grand!
Ireland is a country blessed with one everlasting season of constantly wet weather. We pretty much get one day of sunshine and one day of snow per year in which the entire nation will go into shutdown. Just take a look at the great Beast From The East bread crisis from March 2018 in which the country learned it was going to snow for a full weekend so the entire population ran out and bought loaves upon loaves of bread. You’d have sworn the apocalypse was coming with the reactions.
While Ireland had one weekend of the Beast from the East, Alberta is the proverbial Beast of the East, with its harsh winters, something of which I never imagined before experiencing it. For a foreigner like myself, in the beginning of my first winter here when I got to experience proper snow for the first time I thought to myself, “oh this isn’t so bad; it seems grand”. It was quite a welcome change from the constant dreary rainy wet winters we have in Ireland. But slowly but surely, as the temperature began dropping and becoming colder and colder so did my thoughts and feelings towards an Alberta winter.
For my first winter here, I worked as an electrical labourer and got the pleasure of working outside for periods of time during that winter. When it began to hit those -30 / -40 temperatures, I came to the conclusion that hell is not some fiery put that devours you in flames. Its the icy cold tentacles of mind numbing winter that grabs hold of you and won’t let go. After the experience of that first winter, it really made me admire and respect Canadians who have spent their lives living in this year after year. Its tough tough going.
On the plus side though, I must say the summers here in Canada are top notch. You power through the winter with the thoughts that before too long a nice hot and sunny summer is just around the corner. The summers here are fantastic and something you could only dream about experiencing back in Ireland. I’m telling you now, if Ireland had a summer like we have here in Canada, nobody would get a ounce of any work done.
Early Morning Matches
As a massive Liverpool FC supporter, my favourite times of the week are getting to watch my beloved team play. This ongoing pandemic has put the current season on hold, which has been very irksome due to the fact we were two games away from winning our first league title in 30 years, the first in my lifetime. I think we’re cursed. Win, lose or draw, I try to watch every game I possibly can but it can pose its difficulties catching as many games living here in Canada compared to being in Ireland.
The 7-hour time difference between here and back home means matches over here generally take place in the mornings between 5:30 am and 10:30am on the weekends and around 1:00 pm during the day for midweek games, which can make it a bit more awkward trying to catch all the games. If I’m working or can’t catch a game live, I have to shut down and avoid all forms of news and social media on match days and wait until the evenings to watch the games. There is nothing more depressing than spending all day avoiding spoilers only for something to randomly pop up on my phone or TV that tells me the final score before I get to watch the match :’(.
Back in Ireland, I only have maybe a handful of friends who also support Liverpool and the majority of my friends support our biggest rivals, Manchester United. When it comes time to go watch games with them it’s not always an enjoyable experience. But here in Edmonton, we have a large community of supporters all a part of the Official Liverpool Edmonton Supporters Club. While we may have to get up early in the morning to head in to the bar where we congregate to watch the games, we all come together in unison to support the Reds. It is a thoroughly enjoyable and exhilarating experience, one in which I would not get to experience watching games back home in Ireland.
No I wasn’t looking for crack, I was just asking ‘how’s the going’.
The Irish vs Canadian vocabulary has been at times a confusing one for me and for people who may have interacted with me. For starters, since coming to Canada I’ve come to the realisation that some of us Irish speak at a speed that can be incomprehensible to others at times. I’ve had to work on slowing down the way I talk for people to understand me and half of the time slowing down still do’t make a difference.
There’s also the vocabulary aspect, in which some phrases and words used back home do not translate well over here and can lead to some interesting interactions to say the least. For instance, when meeting someone on a night out, I have in the past greeted people with saying “Whats the craic?” meaning “How are things?, Whats going on?”. On occasion I’ve been looked at like I’ve got ten heads and met with a response of “What crack, I don’t have any crack”. Trying to then go on and explain that “No I wasn’t looking for crack, I was just asking How’s the going,” still leaves people baffled and confused.
There’s a long list of various sayings and phrases, that I could go in to detail about but I thought it be easier to provide a mini dictionary to make life easier.
You’ve got a website for your company. You are “online”, that should be good enough right? I mean, you don’t sell anything on your website, how important could it be to invest in a good website?
The world is digital and as we shared in our blog post “5 Website Mistakes That Are Hurting Your Business” 47% of users leave a website if its loading time is more than 3 seconds. Couple that information with studies showing that between 70-80% of people research a company online BEFORE visiting a small business or making a purchase with them. A killer website is far more important than we give it credit for. Crucial even.
studies showing that between 70-80% of people research a company online BEFORE visiting a small business or making a purchase with them
Join Kelly Rose from Panda Rose Consulting Inc for a Business Breakfast as he talks about the importance of your business needing a solid website at the Stony Plain Chamber Of Commerce. This is an opportunity to ask Kelly some questions about your company’s website and how it can perform better, while getting the chance to also do a bit of networking with local business owners.
In many ways, the transition to PHP 7, from the 5.x line we had used for many years before, was a clean break, an opportunity to clean house and sweep aside development practices and software dependencies that had outlived their usefulness.
Operating on a codebase which had grown out of the days and practices of CodeIgniter and their ilk, which had proved useful for years but was unquestionably showing its age, we jumped at the opportunity to build the framework we would like to use in 2016, rather than the one we had inherited from 2009.
Here was an excuse to revamp our development practices, throw out bits that made sense in 2008 but were a source of a headache today, and incorporate improvements that have taken hold in the ecosystem in the meantime.
Most notable improvements are the standardization efforts that have occurred under the umbrella of PHP-FIG, and the package management ecosystem(courtesy of Composer) that these standards have enabled and allowed to thrive.
A packaging system is something that, given a lack of, you will inevitably try to invent yourself — poorly, incompatibly, and inevitably counter-productively. Such was the state of the PHP framework ecosystem before standardization, and the reorientation of our own framework from an inward-facing framework to an outward-looking one. A framework which naturally integrates with third-party packages and is itself incorporated into third-party packages in a similar fashion.
In this series, we will explore the changes that have occurred in our own development practice, the ways in which these are reflective of the ecosystem as a whole, and why these make for such an exciting time to be writing PHP on the backend.