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Article  |  Strategy

User Research Is Unnecessary and Other Such Myths

13 Jul 2015

The better we understand users, the better products and services we can create. User research is a critical, yet often overlooked step in the development process. Read on for a look at a few commonly held misconceptions about user research and learn why it's more more accessible for your project than you may think.

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Article  |  Development

Haml - A Change of Heart

7 May 2015

It was a couple of years ago when I was introduced to Haml. I believe my first time working with it was on an inherited project. The markup was very unfamiliar and a bit of a pain. Why would anyone want to abstract out HTML when you could just write it normally? It initially seemed like a needless, intermediary step.

I did recognize some of it's benefits. For example, it is nice to not have to worry about closing tags and the amount of typing it could save was pretty obvious. However, the indentation and other quirks seemed like a little too much to put up with.

So I went about my day, turning my nose up at the mention of Haml. Too cool for school, right?

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Article  |  Development

How to create an 'off' click event - the Ember way

6 Apr 2015

We’ve been working on a project recently in which our designs called for a hover dropdown menu that did not close until the user clicks outside of the drop-down. Creating something like this in jQuery and in a Ruby on Rails app would have been a no-brainer. But I quickly discovered it wasn’t going to be quite so straightforward in our new Ember app.

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Article  |  Studio

Yoga on Planet Argon

22 Jan 2015

Anyone who has used a computer keyboard as their primary tool of the trade knows the aches and pains that come with it; the achey wrists, tight forearms, stiff shoulders, maybe even some lower back pain from sitting in that “ergonomic” desk chair. Or perhaps you are more familiar with the 3pm slump? The time of day when you begin to start looking for a cookie or search for a comfy spot to take a nap.

At Planet Argon, we’re no strangers to these aches, pains and nap-attacks. That’s why we’ve started combatting it with yoga twice a week. In the afternoons, we stand up and spend about 20 minutes creating space in our joints and between our bones, stretching our muscles and breathing deeply. Every one of us has different aches, different levels of flexibility and varying experience with yoga but we all benefit from the simple action of getting up and moving around.

Some of our regular moves include:

These are some simple moves that, done with regularity, can heal and even prevent those pains and give a jolt of energy without grabbing a cookie or a quick slumber. We can do all of these without a yoga mat and it doesn’t even require you to wear stretchy pants (though you can if you want, we won’t judge).

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Article  |  Work

Japanese Snacks Anyone?

25 Nov 2014

Our team is pleased to start working with Skoshbox, a monthly box subscription service of Japanese sweet and savory snacks. They are a “a taste of japan at your doorstep”. They also have an online shop where users can buy their favorite snacks from their favorite boxes.

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Article  |  Development

The Results of the 2014 Rails Hosting Survey are in!

31 Jul 2014

We are proud to announce that we have released the results for the 2014 Ruby on Rails Hosting Survey! This year was an interesting challenge for us because we decided to display the results from previous years along with this year’s data.

How did we do that, you may ask? Charts! If a question was asked in a previous year, the viewer may switch the active color of the chart to highlight the data for that specific year. Neat-o!

We’ve made comments about what has changed throughout the years, but we want you to play around with the data and compare.

Thank you to everyone who participated this year!

Take a look at the Ruby on Rails Hosting Survey 2014.

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