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Working with Bits and Bytes in Ruby

By | Development |

For one of our projects at Web Ascender we’ve had the interesting challenge of communicating with low-level hardware from our high-level Ruby on Rails application. The application needed to read binary data from UDP packets, convert the data to Ruby numbers, dates and strings, and then send a response. While one might normally reach for a more low-level language like…

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WordPress Plugin: WYSIWYG Editor

By | Design |

WordPress provides a handful of great out-of-the-box widgets for you to use on your website. These widgets allow you to add new features and content directly into any available sidebar, giving you more power to create a unique, custom look. If you’ve ever tried working with the Text widget, you’ll know that it is one of the more basic widgets…

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Setting up Jenkins for GitHub, Rails & Rspec

By | Development |

During the development process, it is important to run your web application’s test suite often to avoid any unforeseen issues and to make sure that everything is running smoothly. However, it can be hard to always remember to run the tests as you go, and not to mention, as your test suite gets larger, it takes longer and longer to run. This is…

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What We Can Learn From Arby’s Logo History

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Re-branding can be an intimidating process for major businesses that have an established consumer base, especially when those changes involve updates to a company’s logo. Despite the risk of distancing loyal customers, many major companies have undergone successful re-branding throughout the last few decades. However, some logo evolutions include designs that never should have happened. The Arby’s logo is a prime example of…

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5 Best Websites for Design Inspiration

By | Design |

Like a lot of designers, I sometimes struggle to find inspiration for new projects. Fortunately, there are a lot of tools out there to help designers get inspired. Finding the right go-to site can sometime be a challenge, so I’ve put together a list of my favorite sites to reference to help you get your creative juices flowing.   Design…

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So You Launched a Website, Now What?

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Building a website is a huge task, which can often take hundreds of hours dedicated to design, content and development. Once the site launches, the difficult task of keeping the site up-to-date begins. While a bulk of the work may be complete, continuing work must be done to ensure the website remains up-to-date with its design, features and technology. Updating…

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Dave’s WordPress Live Search – Autocomplete Made Easy

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Have you ever typed into a search box and seen result suggestions appear before your very eyes? It’s pretty handy, right? Sites like Google, Amazon, Ebay, and Apple all use this feature within their website.  It’s called “live search” or sometimes “autocomplete.” Today, I’d like to focus on a plugin I recently discovered which adds this functionality to your WordPress…

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Sell Your Product Before You Build It

By | Development |

Have a great idea for a new internet startup? Think you can revolutionize an industry if you made the perfect app? Don’t start with designing and building your application, start with selling it. Why? Here are two scenarios to consider. Scenario 1: Mario has a great idea for a web application that will give plumbers an easy way to track…

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