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String Interpolation: The Bad Parts

String interpolation in Ruby is great. It’s one of those niceties that I really miss whenever I venture into JavaScript land. But watch out! There are some lesser known “features” of Ruby’s string interpolation that can burn you… badly.

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0 Comments – By Steve Richert on November 25, 2014

Wet Paint: Redesigning Dead Man’s Snitch

Wherein Victor offers reflections on redesigning the app to improve usability and aesthetics.

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0 Comments – By Victor Sirotek on November 05, 2014

Attending the Grace Hopper Celebration

I attended the Women in Computing – Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in Phoenix, Arizona a couple of weeks ago. GHC is an annual conference where women in all stages of their career come together to talk about relevant topics both in computer science and on what being a woman in the technology field is like.

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0 Comments – By Maria Eguiluz on October 25, 2014

Simple Cocoa Configuration Using Swift Structures

Apple’s introduction of Swift to the Cocoa development toolbox has created a buzz amongst Cocoaheads. The language is flexible and lends itself to new patterns which traditionally Objective-C programmers are excited about. I got excited about a pattern that emerged while working on a new version of the Dead Man’s Snitch iOS app:* using Swift structs to store application configuration information*.

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0 Comments – By Chris Rittersdorf on October 01, 2014

How we write a Gemfile

Tips on how we like to organize Gemfiles and keep it clean.

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3 Comments – By Daniel Morrison on September 17, 2014

has_and_belongs_to_many Isn't Dead!

People are under the impression that HABTM relationships are deprecated because of the newer Has Many Through relationship. Both are good, and both have their place, but HABTM is still valid, vibrant, and useful!

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0 Comments – By Daniel Morrison on August 11, 2014

Time to Bring Back Fixtures

Fixtures are great tools that have been sadly overlooked for a long time in the Rails world. Lets start using them again.

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13 Comments – By Jason Roelofs on August 06, 2014

Why Isn't Ruby Rescuing My Exception?

By default, Ruby only rescues subclasses of StandardError to allow the really bad stuff to halt your program.

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1 Comment – By Brian Hempel on August 05, 2014

Recommended Security Setup for AWS

Amazon Web Services runs an every growing percentage of the Internet, which means AWS accounts are more so a target of those-we-will-not-name. This post outlines the recommended minimal setup we at Collective Idea now apply to every Amazon account to ensure sufficient security.

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0 Comments – By Jason Roelofs on July 15, 2014

Finding MIA Cursor in iTerm

Have you ever been distracted while working in terminal and lost your cursor? Then, once you focus your attention back to your work, had to scan frantically and repeatedly through a mass of text for the small, blinking rectangle? iTerm has a sweet new feature that lets you zero in on the location of your cursor letting you find it quickly and efficiently. Just press Command-/ and your screen fades around your MIA cursor. The longer you hold down the keys, the more drastic the contrast between the fading and the location of your cursor, pinpointing you to its exact location!

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0 Comments – By Maria Eguiluz on June 13, 2014

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