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Does your REST API need an SDK?

Introduction When integrating with a platform that offers a REST API, a developer sometimes has the option of downloading the client library in their language of choice, or writing HTTP code themselves to integrate with the API directly. You as an API provider should decide early on if you wish…Read more

Brace Yourselves. Ritchie Bros. Largest Annual Auction is Coming

Brace Yourselves. Ritchie Bros. Largest Annual Auction is Coming

Every item at Ritchie Bros.’ 200+ acre lot in Orlando will be sold. Beginning February 15 and running until February 19 is Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ largest auction of the year. We’re talking over 10,000 items. “Ritchie Bros. offers buyers the best selection of used equipment and trucks in the world,”…Read more

Populating UITableViewCells Asynchronously to Fix UITableView Lag

Note: This article was originally published on Github Abstract In general, the key to keeping the iPhone UI responsive is to avoid blocking the main thread. In the case of UITableView, this boils down to keeping tableView(_:cellForRowAtIndexPath:) as performant as possible. However, sometimes it is simply not possible to marshall…Read more

Snow and Ice Fines? It’s Not Always Sunny in Pennsylvania

Snow scraper system - credit: Bloximages

Today is Groundhog’s Day, the day where we leave winter weather predictions up to a Groundhog. The most famous of the weather predicting groundhogs is Punxsutawney Phil from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and today he didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring. Earlier springs may be welcome to prevent some truckers…Read more

6 Major Lessons from uShip Hackathons

6 Major Lessons from uShip Hackathons

Over the past three years, hackathons at uShip have grown from an idea to a tradition. Ideally, we want each event to feel almost effortless in their planning and execution. While we’ve experienced many successes, we’ve also learned a lot of lessons along the way. Below are some of the…Read more

Most Truckers Prefer This Presidential Candidate in 2016

Most Truckers Prefer This Presidential Candidate in 2016

So, who do most truckers want to see in the White House come November?  uShip set out to find that answer by polling our trucking community, asking them, “Which presidential candidate will most benefit the trucking industry?” Turns out 6 in 10 (60%) say Donald Trump is their man. Nearly 11% want…Read more

Top 5 States for Trucker Pay

Top 5 States for Trucker Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the mean annual salary for general freight truck drivers in the US is $43,180; a competitive rate considering the mean annual salary across all occupations is $47,230. If you’ve thought about changing careers – or locations – a recent report predicted some…Read more

Avoiding the Sting of Your Shipping Contract in Today’s Soft Freight Market

Avoiding the Sting of Your Shipping Contract in Today’s Soft Freight Market

Remember several months ago when you got really excited about signing that freight contract with a carrier or broker that had an 85% discount? At the time, it was maybe a good deal. Production was stronger. Capacity was tighter. You placed a big time hedge as the industry was bracing…Read more

What the Movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Taught Me About Safe Holiday Travel

What the Movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Taught Me About Safe Holiday Travel

Whenever I think about traveling on Thanksgiving, I think of the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. If you haven’t seen it, then I’m obligated to let you know the next paragraph is full of spoilers. The gist of the movie is that main character, Neal (Steve Martin), gets held up…Read more

5 Times When People Shipped Entire Churches

5 Times When People Shipped Entire Churches

Throughout history, devout believers have built massive churches to honor God and house their worship. Most churches remain stationary throughout time — you know, since they weigh thousands of tons — but sometimes, they get shipped. That’s Right. Entire Churches.  Here at uShip, we’ve shipped altars, organs, and pews, but we’ve…Read more