Posted May 8, 2013
Recently, the gSchool students asked me how I keep up with so many Open Source projects. Between new commits and the social situation revolving around each one, it can get a bit complex. Luckily for them, I have an easy solution.
Posted May 4, 2013
You wade into real-world codebases and find yourself thigh-deep in layers upon layers of cruft left by hasty additions, rushed repairs, and shifting priorities.
This is often the reality of successful, long-lived applications. They have been shaped by immense pressures. If you don't actively work to improve them, they become stagnant and they begin to rot.
Posted April 28, 2013
Back in the day, conference evenings were about writing code. While we all can enjoy an open bar here and there, we've partnered up with Heroku to do something a little different this Wednesday at RailsConf.
Posted April 23, 2013
casestatements. Our own MicroBlogger tutorial inspired me to put together a quick video on how I remove these dreaded statements from my code.
Posted April 19, 2013
… and even more thoughtless answers.
It seems like there are two sides to the 'stupid question' coin: The 'infer' side, and the 'imply' side.
Posted April 15, 2013
I do a lot of open source work, and it's always great to see new people get involved! Sometimes, Open Source can be intimidating, though. Like many things, it's easy once you've done it a few times, but that first time is the hardest. Today, I'd like to show you the simplest pull request you can possibly make: a spelling fix!
Posted April 12, 2013
There are a quite a few lessons that I have re-learned while teaching Ruby to this inaugural class of gSchool students.
Posted April 8, 2013
A standard question that most people coming into programming ask is: Do I need to know math to become a web developer?
The popular answer is an emphatic “NO!”, but to be honest, this is only correct for certain values of “Math”.
You don't need to know topology or knot theory to do web development. You don't need to be able to do calculus, trigonometry or linear algebra. In other words, when people say “NO!”, what I think they really mean is that you don't need to be a mathlete.
Posted March 27, 2013
Parade is presentation software powered by Sinatra with slides written in Markdown. Parade 0.10 brings with it better support for mobile devices and quite a few common slide formats.
Posted March 21, 2013
One of the most common questions we get asked is “do you offer online classes?” Finally the answer is “Yes!”
Posted March 17, 2013
Today we're excited to announce a new course: Professional Heroku.
I remember when Heroku first launched: an IDE that ran completely in your browser. It was awesome, ridiculous, and short-lived. But, in one of the better executed pivots our community has seen, Heroku has emerged as a fantastic hosting solution.
We've always made significant use of Heroku's platform in our training programs. It's quick, easy, and free – what more could you ask for?
Posted January 30, 2013
We're constantly looking for excellent developers that are also passionate, effective instructors. That's an incredibly rare combination.
When I met Katrina Owen at Frozen Rails last year, I instantly knew she was the kind of person we needed.
Posted November 1, 2012
With LivingSocial's first Hungry Academy class in the books, we're turning our attention to creating a tuition-based long-term developer training school in Colorado.
Posted August 30, 2012
Jeff Casimir gives a talk on Internationalization & Localization.
Posted August 25, 2012
Posted August 24, 2012
Everyone acknowledges that the software field has an issue with gender balance, but there are many of arguments about what to do about it.
Posted June 23, 2012
Building Developers: Lessons Learned from Hungry Academy
Here's the quick story of what's worked, what hasn't, and the lessons learned as we try to solve the developer shortage.
Posted April 23, 2012
Rails did a lot to bring REST to developers, but its conception leaves the REST devotee feeling a bit empty. “Where's the hypermedia?” she says. “REST isn't RPC,” he may cry. “WTF??!?!” you may think. “I have it right there! resources :posts ! What more is there? RPC? Huh?”
Posted February 5, 2012
“Ruby can't scale.” Tell that to LivingSocial, Groupon, Gowalla, Sony, and the rest of our community pushing millions of requests per day.
Posted January 16, 2012
Tuesday 1/17/2012 at noon I’ll join friends Roz Lemioux from Fission Strategy and Ryan Seashore from CodeNow to talk about “learning to program” on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi show. You can listen live at http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2012-01-17/training-where-tech-jobs-are-coding
Posted January 13, 2012
Yesterday at CodeMash 2012 in Sandusky, Ohio, I gave a five minute lightning talk about something that’s been in my mind: the developer’s life of privilege. Here’s the text of my talk…
"467 tests, 0 failures, 0 confidence"
April 22 & 23 - Krakow, Poland
Jeff Casimir & Katrina Owen
Organizing Instructional Track
April 29 - May 2 - Portland, Oregon
Steve Klabnik & Katrina Owen
May 9 & 10 - Paris, France
"Building awesome APIs with rails-api"
May 12 & 13 - Perthshire, Scotland
June 6-9 - Stockholm, Sweden
June 7 & 8 - Singapore
Steve Klabnik - Keynote
June 22 & 23 - Pune, India
August 3 & 4 - Burlington, Vermont