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Barcelona, BaRuCo & Boat!

Last week was sponsored by the letter B for Barcelona, BaRuCo and, well, Boat :> Below you can find a sum-up of the best moments our guys experienced during the 2-day Ruby conference in sunny Spain.
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Win VIM! hacks

Do you find yourself: - ack’ing (or better yet grep’ing) your source code to find a method? - using gem open and similar? - browsing online documentation and checking method arguments? If you are doing anything listed above, you don’t have to anymore!
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The End Of The Web Development

In the last couple of years I’ve been watching the technologies around me developing and shifting in different directions. I’ve have seen symbian systems on Nokia phones blooming and then fading away. It was the best mobile OS once, you know.
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7 Sass features you should be familiar with

Preprocessors such as Sass are widely used in our RoR world and make writing CSS much easier and clutter free. Most Rails developers are aware of advantages such as nesting, reference selector,, variables, mixins or extending directives. But Sass is much more than that!
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How To Be A Remote Founder

While it’s quite common for IT companies to work with remote teams, it’s not too common for a cofounder to work remotely. I’ve worked remotely as one of Netguru’s cofounder for about 3 years now.
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Our August Ruby on Rails workshops started on the 10th of August with 10 great participants and no less than 5 coaches on the board! Dawid has kicked off with the presentation explaining the course of the event...
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Marionette.js and backbone, a perfect match?

Despite its popularity, backbone.js has many drawbacks. With a steep learning curve, shortage of opinionated patterns, lots of boilerplate code, and poor memory management/cleanup strategies, backbone usage can be discouraging. In this article, I will focus on how to refactor a backbone application using marionette.js —a framework that can mitigate many of backbone’s shortcomings.
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Even though we try to clearly communicate that we only do projects in Agile methodologies based on an hourly rate, we still get a few requests every month for quotes for fixed-price projects. I feel it’s important to write down a couple of reasons why we think fixed-price projects are generally a bad idea in the early-stage business space.
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XML / JSON parsing trick #speed

Lately I needed to put my hands on performance issues in one project - I’ve rummaged through NewRelic a bit and noticed that the most time consuming actions were those that used external API requests. At first glance, I’ve thought the external API is responsible for the mess but well - breakdown shows in the controller request that overall lasts 1 second, the external API response is 48ms. All the rest is XML parsing.
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Last weekend we’ve visited Berlin to join the UXcamp Europe and meet designers, developers, project managers and all crazy UX guys & gals from well, almost all over the globe. Here is what we’ve liked most.
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