Bundler In Practice

We recently deployed a Rails 3 application that uses Bundler to manage dependencies. We freeze the gems in the application so it can be deployed on the same boxes as other applications that have different gems. It is best to...

A/B Testing with Vanity

Vanity is an A/B Testing framework for Ruby on Rails applications. I covered A/Bingo previously which is a similar framework. We have moved to Vanity at work as our A/B testing tool for a number of reasons. We are using...

Getting Started with A/Bingo and Rails 3

A/Bingo is a “A/B” or “split” testing framework to try out different text or images (or other things) and see how they perform relative to each other. Vanity is the another a/b testing option for Rails applications, and is probably...

Notify Me

We recently started work on a new iPhone app and wanted to promote the app and find out who is interested in trying it out. Now that we’ve made progress on the app privately, it seemed like a good time...

jQuery Conference Boston 2010

jQuery Conference took place in Boston over two days in October. John Resig kicked it off with a keynote and the sessions generally covered testing and large-scale JavaScript applications, jQuery UI, (the just-released) jQuery Mobile, and widgets and effects. Below...

Surge Conference 2010

Surge Conference was held in Baltimore, MD in September 2010, put on by OmniTI. Some attendees compared it to the Velocity conference which also covers web performance, scalability, and operations.

Email Service Providers for Rails

Sending email (transactional and marketing) is part of most every web application. At work our project is nearing its first public release and we are talking about emails the application may be sending. The emails we know the application will...

Node Knockout

This past weekend I participated in Node Knockout with three teammates: Paul Armstrong, Zach Johnson, and Nate Kadlac. Nate and I have worked together on Train Brain, I met Paul through work at a previous employer, and Zach through Paul,...

Tools For Software Projects

In the last couple of years I have worked as an employee and as a freelancer doing software development with Ruby on Rails and Cocoa for the iPhone. The projects have been new projects started from scratch with small budgets....