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What Size Image Do You Need?

By Chris Tate on July 19, 2013

When working with a designer, give them the biggest image you can find. Don't worry about format, file size, or anything like that, just do your best to provide the largest possible picture and let your designer take care of the rest. It's that simple.

Using Storable and Faker to Create Mock Collections

By Mike Tierney on February 13, 2013

As part of my work, I often create prototypes of Rails applications. My preferred tool for doing this is Serve. But as excellent as it is, it's a very thin application with no persistence layer. To be honest, I don't really want a persistence layer at this stage. But there are times when I want to be able to iterate over collections of...

Five Tips for Hackathon Participants

By Michael Bleigh on June 4, 2012

This past weekend I participated in Hack the Midwest, a Kansas City hackathon. The event was a huge success drawing a crowd of around 100 developers. As one of the visiting developer evangelists said, it was a great turnout for a New York hackathon, much less one in the midwest. At the competition I built Qup.tv, a simple service that will send...

Goin' West - Ted O'Meara at MWRC

By Intridea on March 14, 2012

Ted O'Meara departs today for Salt Lake City, Utah where he'll spend the next few days immersed in the ever-evolving community of Ruby and Ruby on Rails developers. He's headed for destination: MountainWest RubyConf. Ted came to Intridea two years ago as a designer and in just a short time he's proven to be a dextrous and...

Using Anonymous Classes and Modules in Ruby

By Michael Bleigh on February 13, 2012

One of my favorite aspects of Ruby is that just about everything is an object, even Class and Module. The ability to instantiate "anonymous" classes and modules can give you a great deal of power and help you out in situations where you otherwise might not have a clean solution. What do Anonymous Things Look Like? Anonymous classes...

Grease for Squeaky Products - Tips from QA Land

By Maggie Lubberts on October 25, 2011

As a QA Manager who often oversees more than a dozen projects at a time across both client/services side and internal/product side development I get an inside look at what helps projects succeed. Today I’m pulling my head out of the depths of QA Land to give you an important tip that’s been rattling around my brain cage for the last...

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...