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ActiveAdmin is the New Spreadsheet
If your company is anything like Gaslight, it’s pretty common to have a bunch of spreadsheets in Dropbox or Google Drive to keep track of random operational details. We have had spreadsheets tracking time off requests, birthdays, G-Days (employment anniversaries), blog writing schedules, and contact information for team members. Spreadsheets...
Gaslight Podcast: Software Patents
Your browser does not support the audio element. In this episode I talked with Eric Bitzegaio, former digital patent attorney and current developer, to discuss software patents. Subscribe with RSS Subscribe with iTunes
Gaslight Podcast: Teaching Ruby on Rails
Your browser does not support the audio element. In this episode I sit down with Kevin and Michael to talk about why developers are treated like children, teaching Ruby on Rails, and obsessive problem solving. Subscribe with RSS Subscribe with iTunes
Why I Became A Developer (After Studying Design)
Four years ago I began my journey to become a Graphic Designer. DAAP had just merged the Graphic and Digital design majors into one super-major, titled “Graphics Communication Design”, and I would be a member of the first graduating class to bear that title. I thought this would be a...
Roll Your Own HTML5 Web Components with Vanilla JS
I did a talk at CodeMash I entitled “The past, present, and future of web components”. This article is about the future. The W3C web components specs are the bright and shiny future of web development. The code example I’ll be presenting is so (currently) impractical that you can’t even...
Rethinking Our Approach to Teaching Programming
Since January, @too_mitch and I have been teaching a Ruby On Rails course at Northern Kentucky University. It’s been a challenging and rewarding experience, and it’s prompted me to rethink our approach to teaching students how to program. The Problem With Traditional Programming Education It wasn’t long into my first...