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Crucial Steps When Upgrading an Application From Rails 3 to Rails 4

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The web ecosystem changes incredibly rapidly, especially with regards to essential security. Staying current on updates for web applications is therefore incredibly important. Nevertheless, it can be very easy to fall behind on updates especially for stable production applications. In Rails, upgrading to a new major version is a difficult, time consuming process. Developers are reluctant to begin this process…

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Rails and React: Forms, Validations and Real-time Updates

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Over the last few years technologies and frameworks built around ‘real time’ web applications have become incredibly popular. Javascript libraries and frameworks such as Angular, React, Ember, Meteor and ExtJS are some of the better known examples. In this post we will look at how to use and implement the React javascript library in Rails via the ‘react-rails’ gem. We’ll…

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The Future of Web Development 2016

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In this post we will briefly examine some of the current and rising technologies, trends and practices in web development. We will attempt to get a sense of the future of web development in general and what problems, tools, technologies and languages might become increasingly relevant in the future. The continuing rise of javascript and the web development stack Javascript…

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Rails, ElasticSearch & SearchKick in Depth

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In an earlier post we introduced elasticsearch, the searchkick gem  and how to use them in Rails. In this post we will consider more complex searches and examine the options available to us in both searchkick and elasticsearch. Elasticsearch is sort of like a very large, complex NoSQL document based database. The rough idea is that every record we want…

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Tips for New & Aspiring Web Developers

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Web development can be a challenging field. For new and aspiring developers, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. It can be difficult at times to even know where to start and what to learn. In this post I will share some strategies that have helped me to continue learning as a web developer and I will describe some of the…

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Tutorial: Using Materialize with Ruby on Rails & Simple Form

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Materialize is a CSS framework built around Google’s Material Design principles. In general, I would describe material design as being very focused with a kind of minimalist aesthetic. Components feel sharp and generally stand out in a subtle yet noticeable way. User interaction such as clicks are accompanied by small yet engaging and visually appealing effects. You can read more…

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