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Oh My Zsh: The Most Popular Productivity Tool on GitHub

17 Oct 2016

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How the f^%k does DNS work?

27 Sep 2016

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Why We Moved Our Site Off of Squarespace

21 Sep 2016

Why We Moved Our Site Off of Squarespace

Early this year, we launched a redesign of our website on Squarespace. After a few months, we had a handful of features we loved, but also a lot of roadblocks we were tired of maneuvering around. So we faced another decision, move off or add more development time into making it work. This story is about what we learned, and why we said goodbye to Squarespace.

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Continuous Deployment in Rails

2 Jun 2016

Continuous Deployment in Rails

As developers, we seek tools which make our daily life easier. Over the years, our tools have improved to make one of the often complicated process of deploying our code up to various instances. Making this process as automated as possible will not only increase productivity but also prevent potentially application-breaking issues from ever getting to your remote instances.

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Puma is the preferred choice of Rails developers

2 Jun 2016

Puma is the preferred choice of Rails developers

Puma’s popularity as both a web and Rails server has shown steady growth toward the position of preferred tool for both roles. Growing out of the once-mighty Mongrel, Puma hails itself as "A Modern, Concurrent Web Server for Ruby". Showing significantly lower memory usage and response times than Unicorn and Passenger the communities support appears to be continuing to shift in its direction.

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Still Not Tracking Exceptions in Rails

1 Jun 2016

Still Not Tracking Exceptions in Rails

A declining but still significant percentage of respondents to Planet Argon's Rails survey (down to 16% this year, from a high of 31% in 2009) don’t use any exception notification at all on their projects. Why turn a deaf ear to an important part of your application’s health?

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AngularJS vs Ember.js -- Comparing Apples to Oranges

27 Apr 2016

AngularJS vs Ember.js -- Comparing Apples to Oranges

We are awash in a sea of options for Javascript frameworks.

We all want the right tool for the right job, but separating useful information from noise can be tough & choosing the "correct" technology can be a daunting task.

In an attempt to not add more fuel to the fire in the everlasting Ember vs. Angular debate, here is a list of some (relatively) unbiased comparisons between two of the most popular JS frameworks that we feel accurately summarize the pros & cons that come along with the tools being used to build modern web applications today.

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Code Watch: Flexbox

8 Apr 2016

Code Watch: Flexbox

Flexbox is the answer to so many frontend developers nightly prayers. It helps with column-based layouts and has a few more tricks up its sleeve. You won't believe the part about content-ordering!

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