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Fake It ‘til You Make It

By Mike Tierney on March 11, 2014

Trying to get up to speed with D3 can be a daunting task. A quick google search will reveal hundreds of different starting points, almost all of which involve writing great swaths of code in order to build even the most basic of charts.

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You've Got Time to Open Source

By Eric Himmelreich on March 4, 2014

There's a perception that open source must be a huge undertaking, but what if I told you didn’t have to be? That there are ways to contribute to open source that only take a few minutes? Don't believe me? Well keep reading…

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New York Times Hack Day 2012 Review

By Intridea on December 12, 2012

The New York Times Hack Day event this past weekend was incredible fun and a great success. We had an amazing time participating at the New York Times Science Fair last month, and were really honored to be invited back

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NY Times Hack Day 2012

By Intridea on December 6, 2012

Looks like we can’t get enough of the New York Times. After a spectacular day at the New York Times Open Source Science Fair last month, we’re headed...

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Random Hacks of Kindness

By Serign Jobe on December 5, 2012

This past weekend I participated in Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) hosted by the OpenGov Hub in DC. I was extra excited this time around because RHoK was being held alongside the first ever Sanitation Hackathon, an event that tries to find technological solutions to some of the very serious sanitation problems around the world.

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GreenOnion, The New UI Testing Tool

By Ted O'Meara on August 13, 2012

Don't cry. We've all been there too. Regression issues in the presentation layer make the entire team go crazy. Why can't we have a methodical way of testing the UI to ensure once designs are styled as views, they stay the way that they were created?

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Polishing Rubies (Part 3): Tools for Testing

By Michael Bleigh on March 23, 2012

A good toolchain is important for any development project. It makes the lives of developers easier by abstracting away or automating repetitive tasks. You should always spend some time at the outset of a project making sure you're using all of the best tools available. On an open source project this is 10 times more important. Instead of...

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Polishing Rubies (Part 2): Creating A Gem

By Michael Bleigh on March 15, 2012

Eureka! You've thought of a new idea for an open source library. Perhaps you already have some code tucked away in your application that you're extracting into a library, or perhaps you're starting from scratch. Either way, your next step is going to be setting up a gem folder to which you can then add code, tests, and documentation....

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Looking Ahead: 2012 at Intridea

By Intridea on January 3, 2012

2012 is here and Intrideans celebrated the end of one year and the beginning of another across the world - in Shanghai, NYC, DC, San Francisco, Italy, and places in between. We could write a customary "year in review" post detailing the various milestones we met in 2011; how Inc 500 rated us as the 33rd fastest growing privately-held...

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Announcing OmniAuth BrowserID

By Michael Bleigh on December 21, 2011

I've been following the progress of Mozilla's BrowserID for some time now, and I'm a big fan. Having dove much deeper than most into the quagmire of fragmented authentication I've reached the same conclusion that Mozilla has: ultimately, authentication is a function that should belong to the user agent.

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OmniAuth 1.0: Auth for All

By Michael Bleigh on November 2, 2011

Today I'm happy to announce that OmniAuth version 1.0.0 has been released into the wild. The result of more than a month of heavy development, the newest version of OmniAuth brings along with it a slate of new features, a whole new structure, and the tools to let OmniAuth be your only authentication library. The one thing that hasn't...

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10 Tips For Open Source Citizens

By Michael Bleigh on August 11, 2011

You might think there's not really anything to being a good user of open source. Install the library, use it how you need it, and move on. And honestly, for the most part that's a fine thing to do. But if you want to be more than one of the silent users, if you want to help the projects you use just by using them, there are lots of ways...

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GemNotifier Goes Open Source

By Roc Yu on July 8, 2011

In April, I announced GemNotifier, a new Intridea SparkTime project. GemNotifier is a web app I created to send notifications to users when the gems they subscribe to are updated. Today, I'm excited to announce that we are open sourcing GemNotifier. At Intridea, we have a long history of support for open source development, and we make every...

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RefactorMyCode Goes Open Source

By Intridea on July 7, 2011

Earlier this week we gave you some updates on the RefactorMyCode project that we took over from its creator, Marc-André Cournoyer this April. When we made the announcement that we were taking over RefactorMyCode.com, we let everyone know that we intended to open source the project eventually. That day has come!

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RefactorMyCode: Updates

By Andy Wang on July 5, 2011

A few years ago, I found RefactorMyCode.com by accident while searching for programming tips. I registered on the site right away because I liked the way it fostered sharing code with other programmers. It was a strong community that I wanted to be a part of. Three months ago when I began my career at Intridea, I was prompted to select a...

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RailsConf To Go: OmniAuth from the Ground Up

By Michael Bleigh on May 31, 2011

I had the opportunity to speak at RailsConf 2011 about OmniAuth, outlining some of the reasoning behind it as well as some current and upcoming features of Intridea's own "authenticate with anything" middleware. While the session wasn't video recorded, a little trick I've picked up is to run a screencasting program in the...

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You Should Be An Open Source Developer

By Michael Bleigh on April 28, 2011

For a software developer there are essentially two paths to extremely enviable positions of respect in the community: either you can be the tech genius behind a multi-billion dollar startup or you can release open source projects that thousands (not millions) of developers find useful. Guess which one is easier to accomplish?

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Why Open Source Company Culture is Important

By Michael Bleigh on April 22, 2011

Companies have many ways to benefit from an open source culture. While many arguments can be made about the philisophical implications of choosing to contribute to the open source community, at the end of the day philosophy isn't going to persuade any CEO to adopt open source. The real reason that open source culture is important to a...

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Announcing Profanity Filter for Rails

By Adam Bair on March 17, 2011

I'm pleased to announce Profanity Filter for Rails. This gem filters undesirable words from text and displays a friendly version. Filtering is non-destructive by default but has the option of replacing the original text. It's based on a dictionary that is customizable so you can add additional words as needed.

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Is Copyleft Really Right for Open Source?

By Michael Bleigh on December 7, 2010

There's a problem in the software development world, a practice that breaks down the free and open exchange of information. This practice is widespread throughout the software development world and can lead to a lock-in mindset that is damaging for the advancement of the community as a whole. I'm talking, of course, about copyleft...

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OmniAuth: Flexible, Unassuming Multi-Provider Authentication for Rack

By Michael Bleigh on October 4, 2010

The web application landscape has changed drastically in the past year or two. Where once every site was a silo unto itself and could reasonably expect users to create a unique login and password for each site, it is now a different story. I sigh every time I have to fill out yet another registration form, wishing instead for a simple...

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New Twitter Button Gem from Intridea

By Jonathan Nelson on August 12, 2010

This week Twitter launched the official “Tweet Button,” a button for website owners to count RT’s and let readers easily share content. Mashable was first to report on this shiny new button, but we’re the first to release a Ruby on Rails gem for your next project.

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MultiJSON: The swappable JSON handler

By Michael Bleigh on June 14, 2010

As library authors it is our duty to try to support as large a part of the community as possible and do so in a friendly manner. To that end, today we’re releasing MultiJSON, a simple library that allows you to seamlessly provide multiple JSON backends for your library with intelligent defaulting.

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OAuth2 Gem: Just in Time For Facebook's Graph

By Michael Bleigh on April 22, 2010

While I’d been tracking with great interest the progress of OAuth 2.0, Facebook lit off the powderkeg yesterday by announcing that their entire API was moving to the protocol (as well as to RESTful JSON). As a developer who had been constantly confounded by the relentlessly hostile environment that Facebook seemed to present to developers,...

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Simple Mustache JSON Serialization

By Michael Bleigh on January 21, 2010

If you’ve taken a look at Mustache, the “stupid in a good way” templating engine, you might know that there are also Javascript Mustache renderers such as Mustache.js. Today we’ve released a small library called mustache_json that allows you to compile your Mustache view objects into JSON, allowing them to be interpreted...

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