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What I've Learned from Third-Party JavaScript

UPDATE 7/31/2012: As mentioned below, I spent some time at BackboneConf talking with Alex Sexton about third-party javascript. He had been one of the early technical reviewers for Third-Party Javascript by Ben Vinegar and Anton Kovalyov. Alex had nothing but good stuff to say about this book. I’ve only read...

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Backbone.js Views Done the Right Way

As soon as you build an interesting application in backbone, one of the challenges you are likely to encounter is wanting to have composite views, or views that are contained within a larger view. I’ve solved this problem several ways in different projects and I thought it would be fun...

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Pryme Time

I’ve been trying to expand my ruby toolset. The other day I had thirty minutes to try out ruby-debug and failed. I couldn’t get it operational, and I ended up here in a sad state of affairs. How could the ruby debugger be languishing in the latest ruby versions? I...

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OS X Spring Nuking

Sometimes you just get fed up with your broke-ass environment and you need to start over. Despite best intentions, you temporarily lose your vigilance, and you end up with macports and homebrew on your machine at the same time. Strange poltergeists creep into your machine and start warning you about...

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Real Views with Draper

I recently latched on to a tweet thread that was originated by Michael Guterl (@mguterl), in which he expressed his frustration with view helpers and erb in rails. The frustration was echoed by others, and being somewhat new to Rails, I can’t say that I’ve personally felt much pain first...

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Customer Written Cukes

…and why they’re awesome. Or not. On one of our more recent projects, we were given an entire suite of customer written Cucumber features. We’ve toyed with Cucumber in the past, but this was the first time we’ve actually implemented Cukes on a customer project. I thought I’d take a...

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