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CSSOff

Recently, Unmatched Style sponsored some “Friendly Markup Fisticuffs” where they issued design files to whoever wanted to compete, and the competitors would have two weeks to create a website using only their brains and their computers.  The rules were pretty straightforward: one page only necessary, all external libraries (jQuery, et al.) had to be included,…

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Technology Agnosticism and its Significance to Me

Starting out in web development, one fundamental truth that was difficult for me to understand is that there is no silver bullet for all client challenges. It was initially very easy to get comfortable building one kind of website with one tool; however, when a new challenge came along that tool wasn’t always the right…

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Dilbert Knows Agile

No planning, no documentation, no problem. That is the Agile development approach right? Well, I might be new to this Agile approach, but I would argue it’s MORE. I am a Project Manager by heart, so NO planning and NO documentation is simply unacceptable. Sorry Dilbert. Seeing how Agile Development is a buzz lately, I…

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Javascript Frameworks for Well Architected, Immersive Web Apps (Part I)

Immersive web applications involve sophisticated interactivity within the browser, connected to models and data persistence on the server. The structure of the application is clearly delimited between client-side and server-side, but the available tools for building web applications have often blurred this distinction. The result is applications that are difficult to design and maintain. Part…

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A Developer’s Arsenal: Mike Calhoun

What tools do you use daily in the course of your development, and why those tools in particular? Textmate. Q: How do you start an argument in a room of developers? Ask them “what texteditor is better and why?” I’ve always subscribed to the classic “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it” train of thought…

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Setting up a client site on Heroku

Thanks to Josh Crews for cluing me in on how to set up staging on Heroku last February First, add heroku to the development group in the Gemfile and bundle install. If this is a client site, you will want the client to own the application, so we’ll sign in as the client from the…

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I love long car trips.

No, really… I do love long car trips. There’s something fun and exciting about the process of charting out the best path to get to your chosen destination. You spend time carefully thinking through your stops along the way — based on what you want to be able to see, how much time you have, and…

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Ruby For Dummies

As a print designer gone web designer, I’ve entered into a world of unfamiliar phrases that I’m quickly becoming familiar with. The first unfamiliar phrase I heard was “Ruby on rails”. In my mind I would think, “Ruby who?” and “What about the Wizard of Oz and her ruby slippers”? (Laugh it up developers). Well,…

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September is Agile Ruby Month!

As some of you may know, our developer team recently attended the Ruby Hoedown, the South’s gathering of Rubyists and developers. Our team had a great time and after talking about what we know versus what we learned, it inspired us to share our expertise with you. So… …we’ve decided that September is Agile Ruby…