Gaslight Blog

To build lasting impact with our clients, their end-users, and our community.

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.

10/02/13

6 Ways to Remove Pain From Feature Testing in Ruby on Rails

Lire cet article en français. Writing feature tests in Ruby on Rails used to be the most painful part of my development work flow. Now I kind of like it. Here’s what’s different: 1. Don’t Use Cucumber Disclaimer: The views expressed in the following paragraph do not necessarily represent those...

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09/27/13

Let's Talk About Reasonable Budgets

As a consultant, I’m often asked to help in the initial stages of a project to estimate “how big is the breadbox”. I completely understand this need. A famous teacher once said, “Don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first getting...

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09/25/13

Better Code Design through Pictures

When I switched from Java development with Eclipse to Ruby and Rails with Vim, one part of my workflow that I missed for quite a while was the visual file browser in my IDE I was so used to seeing. It turns out having a visualization of the directory structure...

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09/20/13

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning wasn’t a concept I had really understood until a few months ago. My wife and I were in search of a better education experience for our son, because we were frustrated with the choices available. During our search something interesting happened. A new school opened in the city...

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09/18/13

Angular + Firebase is RAD

I believe that when developing an application feedback from the product owner is king. I try to optimize this feedback by delivering working features quickly and with as little ceremony as possible. Especially early on. This is one reason I have been so excited about rich client javascript frameworks such...

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09/16/13

Retreat Wrap-Up

This week Gaslighters came together for two days at a cabin in the hills of Eastern Ohio to reflect on the year and talk about the future. How to Retreat Day 1 was a retrospective, and Day 2 was all about the future direction of the company. Days ran from...

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