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Cincinnati Ruby Brigade: Characterization Tests

During the April 2021 meeting of the Cincinnati Ruby Brigade, Gaslight’s VP of Development Tim Mecklem walks us through writing Characterization tests as a means of dealing with a legacy codebase. Big shout out to Michael Feathers and his book, “Working Effectively with Legacy Code” which lays out the foundation...

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Windows and Elixir—An Unexpected Joy

There are a lot of reasons this post shouldn’t exist. For example, there was a point in Microsoft’s history that they were actively trying to take out Linux. Their about-face and innovative work on the Windows Subsystem for Linux is quite an impressive feat for Microsoft. Additionally, if not for...

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Rails: Laying the Foundation for the React to HTS Transition

Review In our last post, we stated our hypothesis and laid out the initial plan to prove (or disprove) it. Plainly put, we hope to validate that, using Hotwire, Turbo and Stimulus (HTS), an existing application with a React frontend and a Rails backend can be refactored into a unified...

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Solving Timezones With Custom Elements

High on the list of every developer’s favorite things to work on are timezone issues. It’s an issue that seems to come up in some form on almost every project. On my current project, I tried an approach using Custom Elements. It seemed like such a simple way to solve...

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Women in Technology Leadership Summit Recap

Last month, I attended the Women in Technology Leadership Summit, a virtual international conference presented by ComSpark. I have attended a few virtual conferences in light of the last year, each one bringing its own spin on educating, inspiring, and connecting without being in person. The day was jam-packed full...

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Rails: The HTS Experiment

Background Ruby on Rails has long been the Web development framework of choice for businesses, gigantic and small. Ruby and Rails created to optimize development efficiency, making them ideally suited for rapid application development but fear not if your application is already at scale. A recent Financial Times post that...

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