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.

01/07/19

Why Can’t We Be Friends? 4 Benefits of Pairing Designers and Developers

Pairing at Gaslight Writing code, fixing bugs, and naming things is hard - true story! At Gaslight, one way we deal with these challenges is by practicing one of our core principles: better together. One of the more practical ways we see this philosophy used is through pairing: two developers...

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12/20/18

Before Gaslight: Stories about how we landed, and why we're here to stay ...

We all have a backstory, and as far as the Gaslight team goes, our paths are quite non traditional. So many came from surprising backgrounds, are in their second career, or were attracted to Gaslight for the apprenticeship program. This is one characteristic that makes us so unique, and a...

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12/03/18

A Starter Project with Goodies: Phoenix 1.4, Elm 0.19, and Parcel

A Starter Project with Goodies: Phoenix 1.4, Elm 0.19, and Parcel There has been a lot of excitement in the world of functional web development over the past couple months: the release of Elm 0.19 in late August and the recent release of Phoenix 1.4 with shiny new bells and...

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11/20/18

Design happens whether or not you value it - ignoring it can ruin your project

I have worked on a wide variety of software projects in my time at Gaslight. But one thing that has been consistent throughout my career is that people don’t really understand what design is, the importance of good design and why our teams spend so much time focusing on it....

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10/30/18

Online banking is here to stay ... but the sooner you embrace UX Design, the better.

Banking - something we all do, but don’t necessarily like. 2018 wraps up to be a big year for this industry as technology continues to create convenient experiences for everyday tasks. Many 20 somethings have never owned a checkbook, and the days of walking into a branch for service are...

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09/20/18

Using Ecto's Virtual Fields with select_merge

Using Ecto’s virtual fields with select_merge You may know that Ecto has a “virtual” field type that you can use to include pretty much anything in an Ecto struct. But did you know that you can also populate a virtual field directly in an Ecto Query? Say I have a...

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