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Efficiently Architect Ruby on Rails Applications

It doesn’t take much reading in regards to rails before you hit the “Convention over configuration” line. In my early days of development I had little idea of what that meant, either in terms of implications or for concrete uses. Now when I see that, I immediately think of arranging files within your application, how everything has a place, and how putting things where they belong make it quick and therefore efficient to find the files that need to change, make those changes and then update specs or associated files easily. That’s less headaches, more features and happier client and developers at the end of the day.

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Efficiently Develop Ruby on Rails Applications

Time is money. If this was a movie and I was a learned monk, I’d leave it at that, turn around and walk away into the mist, leaving you on a journey to figure out the full meaning and implications of that for yourself. But this is a brain dump of where I currently am in how I develop, so I’ll go into the details of what I do to insure my time is well spent.

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Get Your Data to Glass 180x Quicker: How to Setup Clusterize.js with Rails and Coffeescript

Fast Server, Slow Browser

Here’s the situation: Your amazing developer team has rocked your world with caching and other optimizations to get data from your client’s Rails server over to the users’ browsers. Your monitoring shows requests that were taking a whole 80-90 seconds to serve are now only taking 1500ms (and all that time is actually spent transferring megabytes of html to the browser, actual data retrieval is ~10ms). These numbers come from a recent project I did for a client with production data. Now, to tackle the last piece of speeding it up… Chrome browser is taking MINUTES (6 minutes, actually) to fully build and render the page after it’s received the data. 100% unacceptable. Time to drop in some asynchronous data transferral and a specialized Javascript library to keep things performant on the client side!

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How to Setup Solr on Rails with Sunspot

It’s inevitable that as you develop applications, clients and users will want searching added. Completely inevitable. What happens when you need to extend beyond searching fields that are saved on your models? There’s also the ever present need to keep things scalable. Having a solution that grows with you and isn’t tied 100% to your schema can not only impress, but save you time in the long run. Check out Solr, the incredibly powerful search solution from Apache. In this article, I’ll show you how to set it up and how to do a basic search.

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Why Start-Ups Fail

The Start-Up world is in right now and everyone has a great idea they want to bring to life. This world is new and exciting, and everyone seems to want to jump on this roller coaster of a ride. Unfortunately the success odds aren’t great. We have all heard that 90% of start-ups fail. Did you also know that of that only 10% of the successful businesses make it past $250k? It gets even slimmer with only 4% of successful businesses making it past the one million dollar mark. There are a couple of reasons why start-ups fail and they have nothing to do with your awesome idea. I am here to tell you that your idea, as cool as it might be, isn’t that important in the big picture.

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Ruby On Rails: Why We Built A Business On It

Thinking about starting a business? Have an idea that you want brought to life?

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Front-End versus Back-End Development for the Non-Coder

Back-end and front-end web development are two, very different, yet cohesive parts that make up the internet we know and love. In a world of developers, even mentioning which web language may be more dominant is likely to start a war than have a positive outcome. The important thing is to recognize that each language was created for different reasons, but ultimately can be put into two categories, front-end or back-end. Simply put, back-end developers can be compared to the mechanical aspects of the car like the engine, transmission, and the brake lines, while front-end developers are more like the visual aspects that the driver interacts with, such as the steering wheel, gas pedals, and dashboard.

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Tips and Tricks For Your Development Environment

Have you ever wondered what tools we use to develop quickly and seamlessly transition between work for clients? Or perhaps what things you can do to increase your efficiency and the value of each day. One of our developers has written a post detailing this information and what he does to ensure maximum productivity while he works on the awesome project you’ve sent our way. Read more at The 3 Vital Parts of My Ruby on Rails Development Environment: Tools, Configuration, Location.

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