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Sure, we love to geek out over technology and design. But it's all for a bigger purpose - boosting your business. Through development, design and business categories here on our blog - we break down our best practices, what to look for when it comes to software development, and how you can in fact, leverage technology.

04/17/14

Gaslight Podcast: Developer Communities with Leah Silber

Your browser does not support the audio element. Leah Silber pulled herself away from running EmberConf to talk to me about working with developers, building communities, and growing a business through open source software. Subscribe with RSS Subscribe with iTunes P.S. We’ve partnered with Leah and the rest of the...

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04/17/14

Accessing Models with Confidence in Cucumber Specs with factory_girl

We’ve mentioned our love of page objects in feature testing. Setting up the environment page objects, our pattern is to implement method missing to handle methods of type _page. When a step requests login_page, method missing picks up the request, lazy loads a LoginPage into a instance variable on demand....

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04/15/14

How to Achieve The Content Scale Effect

The content scale effect has become a fairly popular design pattern across the web and mobile apps recently. This is the effect where the main content section of the UI is pushed, pulled, scaled, or rotated in some way to reveal additional information. In most cases it is used show...

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04/08/14

Do I Have to Pay You Forever to Maintain This App?

This question pops up a lot when I’m meeting with potential clients. They want to know about software maintenance costs. What happens after we build an app? How do they keep it working day-to-day? And how much manpower and budget will that eat up? Let’s start with a simple truth:...

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04/03/14

Testing Behavior vs. Testing Implementation

Test-driven development is more art than science, and understanding what to test for comes only with experience. Further complicating things is that testing for the wrong stuff can create a suite of tests that are ugly, brittle, and provide false-positive passing tests. One of the keys to clean and reliable...

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04/01/14

What Community Has Done For Me

In the beginning… “There’s safety in numbers” as they say. As species go, Homo sapiens were not the first to figure that out. “Community” is at least a couple eons old. There’s fossil evidence of communal living pre-dates the dinosaurs but I’m no paleontologist. All I can do is tell...

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