DevMynd Relaunch, Introducing DevWrx
When DevMynd was founded in 2011, we had a simple goal. Pair talented programmers with interesting projects. Over the last four years we have accomplished that goal. In doing so, we have had the opportunity to work with some of the most innovative companies in Chicago and beyond.
Testing Rake Tasks With RSpec and Fantaskspec
Rake is great, but sometimes it can be a little tricky to test. I've bundled together some convenient helpers for RSpec to make testing Rake tasks easier.
The Subtle Art of Hiring Apprentices
Lately I’ve been talking with students at programming bootcamps about their overwhelming fear that they’re not learning quickly and thoroughly enough to find employment afterwards. I think it’s generally produced more by the intensive crunch-time atmosphere of the schools and growing recognition of how big and complex programming is than by an actual deficiency in skills.
Mind the Gap
Why We're Missing our Best Chance for Gender Parity
I was lucky to be able to visit London twice last year, to do talks. It's a lovely city with brilliant people, and beyond that, their subway system (called the tube) is amazing. No matter where I was in the city, and no matter where I wanted to go, I could always get there on 2 trains and it would take about 40 minutes.
My trips were both busy, so I spent a lot of time in tube stations. I grew very fond of a particular automated announcement: "Mind the gap, please." This refers to the space between the platform and a stopped train, which at some stations, is large enough that getting on or off feels like jumping a ditch. If you're not paying attention, you could fall right into it.
Software development has a gap problem too. But we're not paying attention, and I'm afraid we're going to fall right in.
Announcing Hstore Accessor 0.9.0 and 1.0.0
I'm happy to announce that we've just cut two new releases of our Hstore Accessor gem! If you're not familiar with the gem, it allows you to treat fields stored on an hstore as though they were regular columns in your database. Getters, setters and much more.