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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…

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Mobile App or Mobile Site?

App vs Site is synonymous with Apple vs Google – there is no clear winner and they each have compelling points. However, in today’s ‘Smart Phone’ frenzied environment, many organizations want an App strictly because their competitor has one… or so they can show it off to their friends. Instead of blindly spending money to…

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Rails and MacRabbit’s CSSEdit

Just a real quick tip for other Rails developers out there who enjoy the benefits of MacRabbit’s excellent software CSSEdit. Due to the fact that Rails applies a timestamp to every asset (stylesheet, javascript, and/or image) included in a view via the appropriate helper in order to allow the user to use the Expires header…

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A Developer’s Arsenal: Jeremy Holland

So I’m reading all our designers’ “Trapper Keeper” posts, and I figure, “why should they get to have all the fun? Developers have stuff to say as well!” In that spirit, here is my attempt to start a similar series for the development department here at CentreSource. class DeveloperArsenal < Programmers::Toolset include CentreSource::JeremyHolland end 1….

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Simulating the ENUM MySQL Column Type in Rails

Today I was speccing out a handful of models that had “enumerable” attributes – i.e. attributes that are stored as strings, but whose possible values are limited to being a single element of a finite set of predefined strings. Think something along the lines of, say, the attribute “color”: valid values for “color” might include…

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Accessibility with HTML5 and ARIA

When designing markup for a website or a web app, it’s important to keep in mind that what others see is not necessarily what meets your own eye. Accessible design means that page elements are encoded with information about the structure and content of the document, so that screen readers and assistive devices can make…