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Refactoring in Practice: Speeding up Your Rails Tests

Written on August 29th, 2012 | Comments are closed.

I spent some time over the past year working with Kevin Solorio, a great friend and colleague. Kevin worked on our engineering team at Within3, and has since moved to a great team at Designing Interactive.

Kevin and I would get together on monday mornings at a local coffee shop and work on some code. Sometimes it was talking through a specific project, other times we picked out parts of our codebase that we wanted to improve. This allowed us to progressively improve our application, as well as develop a shared knowledge of the different moving parts.

This is a story of one of our refactorings.

Filed under Ruby on Rails, Refactoring in Practice, Ruby, Software Development, and Test Driven Development

Tagged with tdd, rails, dependencyinjection, and rspec

Brushing the dust off of NK Book Reviews

Written on July 19th, 2012 | Comments are closed.

A little over a year ago I let my book review website, NK Book Reviews, fall off the face of the earth. It wasn't for lack of reading. It was for lack of focus.

Filed under Web Development and Book Reviews

Take care of your data

Written on March 12th, 2012 | Comments are closed.

It's not always an easy task, especially when it seems like an invisible part of the stack. Take care of your data, and it will take care of you. Your website and beyond will benefit.

Twitter buys Summify

Written on January 20th, 2012 | Comments are closed.

So many social streams to keep control of, all with a different subset of friends, context, and news stream. I started years ago with bookmarking sites, then to RSS feeds, then to social streams which kept me updated and bubbled the news to the top. Then I came to the realization that there was a lot of noise to sift through to get to the things that mattered. Then I took a step back and realized how much time I spent trying to keep track of all of these sources, and how much time was wasted sifting through the noise. It was clearly time to step back. The steps I took were simple...

Filed under Marketing and Personal

re:build, re:fresh, re:cap

Written on August 2nd, 2011 | Comments are closed.

I recently attended the re:fresh conference in Indiana, and here are my thoughts.

Filed under Web Development, Web Standards, CSS, and Programming