Posts about development

Nov
17
2014

Organize Your Ember App with Pods

November 17, 2014

You may have seen references to pods when reading up on Ember and ember-cli. What the heck are pods? Simply put, pods are a way of grouping files in your project by feature (ex: Task) rather than by type (ex: controllers). According to the ember-cli...

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Oct
24
2014

Not using I18n? You probably should be.

October 24, 2014

I18n is an acronym for internationalization. It is a part of most frameworks, and is used in applications to translate words or phrases to other languages. Instead of writing the phrase “My favorite songs”, you make a call to the I18n library to fetch...

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Oct
24
2014

I18n in Practice

October 24, 2014

In part 1 of this series on using I18n, we looked at reasons to use I18n in your apps, even if you only need to support a single language.

Now, let’s look at how to use I18n in that context using both Rails and ember.js.

I18n example in Rails

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Apr
23
2014

Book Some Janitor Time

April 23, 2014

If your team works in an office, you probably have a janitor that comes in to clean it. It might happen daily or weekly, but chances are that it happens. What if you applied that same mindset to your codebase?Continue reading »


Apr
14
2014

One Way to be Insanely Productive as a Developer

April 14, 2014

Most of us are easily distracted. It's very tempting to check email, browse your Twitter feed, or poke around on Reddit. Over time, I've found that you can still do all of those things, you just have to timebox them. The biggest productivity boost I've found actually has nothing to do with programming.Continue reading »


Apr
7
2014

Go Code Spelunking

April 7, 2014

Code Spelunking (a fancy way to say reading and understanding source code) is an great way to level up quickly. Think about it - your favorite open source library is a pool of knowledge from a talented community that has been improved over time. Learn from it!Continue reading »


Jan
16
2014

Integrating with GitHub - Authentication and Web Hooks

January 16, 2014

Just over two weeks ago, I (and hopefully you!) started a challenge to "Just build it". We set a timeline of two weeks to see what we could build in order to level up our development skills. I want to go over what I built, what I've learned, and give you tips you can implement in your applications.

The application I built is called Gitshot (clearly, I didn't waste time thinking of a name), and it gives developers and designers the ability to generate screenshots from GitHub pull requests. Continue reading »


Dec
28
2013

Just Build It

December 28, 2013

A foolproof way to level up your development in a short amount of time is to just build something. Pick something away from the silo of your day job or client work (something different than what you work on daily will be more exciting!), give yourself a deadline, and just build it.

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