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Brew-tally: A Beer Rating App

Every October, CQL’s monthly happy hour is centered around our annual Pumpkin Beer Contest.  In past years the CQL team would submit a beer or cider of choice to share with the team. Everyone would vote on the best and worst beers and tally up each drink's ratings from 1 to 10 on a dry erase board. 

While this strategy sufficed, at CQL we build web apps for a living. That being said, myself and another developer felt there was a better way to go about the beer tasting experience and the process for ranking brews so we made Brew-tally, a beer rating app.

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Building D3 Components with React: Part 1

D3 is a powerful library for creating visualizations with JavaScript. While it allows a high-level of customizations, it can be challenging to create isolated, declarative components. Thankfully, this is something React does really well. While there are libraries for integrating the two, I’ve found creating a custom integration to work best for my purposes. We’ll walk through a basic example of how this integration works as well as some lessons learned along the way.

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Artist in Residence: Juan Usubillaga

We are excited to announce our second installment of curated art at Cognizant Quick Left!  Juan Esteban Usubillaga (aka Onecho) was born in Caracas, and grew up in various regions of Venezuela. He began studying visual arts at the young age of 12 when he dropped out of his conventional school to attend a private art school. Here are a few thoughts that he shared with me during our interview.

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