iPhone with HTML and CSS

Okay. It really bugs when people use images when they don’t need to on a web page. I saw an iPhone that was image that looked like this one below but mine is done with HTML and CSS. Its only coded for webkit because I didn’t have too much time on my hands. See the Pen iPhone by Austin Riendeau (@apriendeau) on CodePen.…

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Secrets I wish I knew when starting Node.js

So when starting Node.js in production almost a year ago, we learned some tricks that we had to learn the hard way along the way. To clarify, for our API we use restify so in case you are wondering what server is in the example code. 1. Fail Hard and Loud! Don’t try to prevent your Node app from crashing. It will crash and it will crash often. Our solution was to cluster and use forever behind nginx.…

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Cost does matter in Software Arcitecture!

This is a dreaded topic by all software engineers. Moving off Ruby has been amazing. At my one of jobs, people complain and complain about JavaScript and Node.js and how Ruby will magically get faster and better with every release. I don’t get in these arguments because I already know… its really far behind in performance and to be clear, the story that I write about, I did not architect this.…

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slow applications

… are ones made in ruby! At my day job where I can argue is where I am moonlighting, we use Ruby. Everything in the Bay right now is Ruby this, Ruby that. Let me tell you ease of development comes with a cost and you will be in a lot of technical debt. Issue #1 Ruby is too flexible. Yes, something can be too flexible. I am always learning a new way to do something in Ruby.…

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