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Gaslight Podcast 33: Product Management with James Zhao of Sharethrough

Your browser does not support the audio element. Gaslight developer Joel Turnbull and I chatted with James Zhao, Product Manager at Sharethrough, about what makes for great product management in the software world. Sharethrough is a native advertising company and one of our clients. James talked to us about: His...

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Why Code Reviews Are Essential and How to Keep Them Positive

For the past three months at Gaslight, I’ve been doing regular code reviews with fellow developer Alex Heflin (known as Super Alex around the office). We’ve fallen into a really good rhythm where we use a combination of GitHub pull requests and in-person code reviews around a screen. These sessions...

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The Road From Co-op to Apprentice to Junior Developer

In the summer of 2012, I started a job as a web designer for a local startup who specialized in digital promotions. I mostly created basic web pages with not much more than HTML, CSS and jQuery. Until one day I asked the question, “But what makes it work?” (You...

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Custom Software Development vs. Off-the-Shelf: How to Choose a Winner

You’re probably thinking we’re biased on this question. After all, custom software development is 90% of what we do. But you might be surprised to find out how often we wrestle with this dilemma ourselves. Even though the most common title in our office is developer, we still invest in...

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Ready to Try Ruby? An Awesome Rails Cheat Sheet

Last week I wrote about making a Ruby and Rails course, and some of the lessons I learned in the process. One of the biggest lessons that I learned was that Ruby and Rails is way too much for a single session. Part of that pain came from the Rails...

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Microservices in Phoenix: Part 2

In the Part 1 of this series I talked about how to take a Phoenix application and break off bits into Microservices. I got as far along as extracting some code from a Phoenix controller into an OTP server. In this installment, we’ll take the next logical step and pull...

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