September 2016

A Survival Guide for Non-Writers Who Have to Write for the Web

Taking the pain out of writing
By Jon Stokes

Writing for the web isn’t easy especially if it isn’t your full-time job. It doesn’t have to be painful though. Here are a few tips to help you survive.

Autocomplete your Rails Form using Selectize.js

Help enhance your user's experience
By Victoria Gonda

When using Ruby on Rails Form Helpers, it could be useful to add an autocomplete feature to fields where users might reuse data. One way to do that is to use Selectize.js to create a dropdown and populate it with data from the user model.

Free SSL on Heroku

Heroku made SSL Free and Let's Encrypt has free certificates
By Daniel Morrison

Starting today, Heroku has a new free SSL offering. Use it with Let’s Encrypt for a fully free SSL system.

Spacemacs: The Final Frontier for a Diehard Vim Fan

Learning to love Emacs tooling without giving up Vim
By Chris Rittersdorf

Collective Idea’s been bit by the Elixir bug recently. And in my research to configure its Alchemist tools, I’ve discovered an interesting text editor: Spacemacs. Spacemacs is an easy-to-install set of defaults for Emacs. And I love it! But, I’m a diehard Vim fanatic. How could I say something that sacrilegious!?

A New Way of Learning

How I learned the stuff you can't find in a textbook
By Victoria Gonda

Looking back, I now know there are a lot of that can’t be learned from a book or tutorial. Through working with others, I was able to build on my skills in a way I wouldn’t have been able to do in isolation.

My Ruby Epiphany

Private methods in Ruby
By Daniel Morrison

I’ve been using and teaching Ruby for many years now, but I recently had an epiphany about private methods.

4 Reasons Elixir is the New Hotness

A look at one of the new kids on the block
By Andrew Bredow

Have you heard the buzz about Elixir? Look no further to see what all the commotion is about!