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Mitigating Risk Through Technical Spikes

Our customers frequently come to us with an idea and, under tight time constraints, we need to validate that we can develop a component using a technology that we’re not entirely familiar with. It is impossible to keep up with all of the technologies out there and at Gaslight we...

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What the US Government Learned About Software From the Failure (And Some of Us Already Knew)

Part One: The Bad On October 1st, 2013 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the website. The portal was intended to draw and enroll an estimated 7 million users over a six-month period. The release was a huge failure. Problems with the site were so bad...

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Maintainable and Scalable Systems with Rails Engines

We recently realized that this site (the one you’re reading right now) was getting a little too large to remain sustainable. We noticed that large parts of the app provided completely separate fuctionality and didn’t really need to communicate with each other. Maintaining these separate parts as a single monolithic...

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We're Presenting At The Cincinnati Day Of Agile!

Tomorrow, December 6th, marks the next annual Cincinnati Day of Agile, and Gaslight will be there in spades. We’re honored and excited to have three presenting Gaslighters who hope enlighten you! Here’s the lowdown. Doug Alcorn Can we Do Better Than Estimating? Track 1 • 11:10AM Software development has a...

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5 Ways to Know If You Own High Quality Code

Do I have high quality code? This is often a subjective question, but there are some tools that can give a more definitive answer. Don’t worry if you’re not a developer. These tools are easy to use and don’t require any coding! 1. Run CodeClimate Codeclimate is a code assessment...

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Learning Ruby for Beginners with Try Ruby

Why Do Ruby? I work in an office surrounded by Ruby developers. When I started at Gaslight a couple months ago, I had never heard of Ruby or Rails. A developer would occasionally help me with a project, so I would get a quick glimpse of Ruby and Rails. The...

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