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Minimum Steps Required to Keep Your Web Application Running Smoothly

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At Web Ascender, we create a slew of websites, mobile applications, design, and marketing initiatives to help promote our clients’ work. A portion of the web applications we create help our customers create solutions that satisfy the needs of their own customers or business. While there are endless lists of technologies and off-the-shelf products that are great for various web…

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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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How to Setup Windows 10 Virtualization on Mac OS X

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Developing and testing your website in every environment ensures a consistent experience across all devices. If you’re like me, my main machine is a Mac. But I know that Windows users are an extremely important demographic for most of my websites. Browser differences are commonplace and need to be dealt with. Today, let’s look at how we can set up…

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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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Using Friendly Maintenance Pages with Ruby on Rails

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At some point in every Rails application’s life, you’ll need to perform some kind of maintenance or code update that will require taking your application offline for a short period of time. There are methods to achieve zero-downtime deployments, but sometimes it’s just easier to take your application offline for 5 minutes during a deployment. If you know that no-one…

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Quick And Easy WordPress Shortcode Tutorial

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I enjoy working with WordPress for a variety reasons and one of those reasons is it’s implementation of shortcodes. Shortcodes are nothing new to WordPress (they were introduced back in version 2.5), but I constantly find new ways to incorporate them into my sites. “Shortcodes are magical…” By default, WordPress provides 6 shortcodes out of the box that you can…

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Rails Search Gems: Searchkick vs Pg_Search

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Whenever I hear someone say, “We need a search box on our site”, my heart slightly jumps out of my chest. Achieving quality search results is difficult to do, especially when dealing with different technologies from project to project. Google has set a high standard for how a search engine should work, so many expect this kind of search quality…

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