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What the US Government Learned About Software From the Healthcare.gov 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 Healthcare.gov 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
How to Drive a Serverless SOA Mashup Directly in the Browser
It’s no secret that we’ve been investing heavily in client side development at Gaslight. We’ve been posting a lot on Angular and Ember lately, and on Backbone a ton before that. Recently I’ve been trying to understand just how far we can push the idea of client application development. I...