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Taking Command: Three Ways the Command Line Can Help You Write Better Code

By Michelle Ferreirae on July 11, 2018

The command line is a tool that can get in your way, or make complicated problems easier to solve. How can developers use the command line in their day-to-day development work?


How to Choose a Stack, Part 5: Java

By Steve Geluso on April 26, 2018

Java is powerful. It’s one of the most established, trusted programming languages in the software industry. Computer science programs teach it, and it helps companies big and small build secure, performant platforms.


How to Build a Web App, Part 4: Marketing and Promotion

By Lauren Sauser on February 13, 2016

You’ve spent countless hours preparing your web app for “The Market” . . . but what now? Do the people you’ve imagined using your product actually exist? And if so, how do you find them?


How to Build a Web App, Part 3: Pushing It Live

By Sarah June Fischer on February 6, 2016

Well done! You’ve successfully <a href="/blog/how-to-build-web-app-first-steps"">planned and built your project. Here’s how to get it on the web.


How to Build a Web App, Part 2: Writing the Code

By Sarah June Fischer on January 26, 2016

Okay, you’ve checked off everything in Part 1 and are ready to start writing some code. What now?


How to Build a Web App, Part 1: The First Steps

By Sarah June Fischer on January 9, 2016

The process of building a web app starts long before you write your first line of code. Here’s how to make a plan and what tools you’ll need before opening your text editor.


[Tutorial] How to Upload Files Using the AWS SDK Gem

By Andrew Sinner on February 18, 2015

Modern hosting services like Heroku offer only ephemeral storage, meaning you can’t keep files on the server. When users need to upload their own files, you’ll need your Rails app connected with an external file system. This tutorial explains how to upload files to a Rails app using the AWS SDK gem.


Sudoku Solver from Scratch in JavaScript (TDD Style): A Tutorial

By Matt Merkes on June 4, 2014

As a JS noob, it can be tough to come up with ideas to practice your skills.


How to Set Up Your First Minispec Project from Scratch

By Ivan Storck on May 6, 2014

Get a simple ruby project going, the right way.


Quick intro to Gulp.js

By Jake Chapman on January 23, 2014

Has the time already come for me to hang up the old and put on the new? Let’s dig into what Gulp.js is and why I’m considering switching from Grunt.js.


3 Battle-Tested Ways to Install PostgreSQL

By Ivan Storck on December 21, 2013

Having run over 100 students through my Ruby on Rails courses, I’ve come up with some straight forward ways to install PostgreSQL without too much pain. Here is how I do it: