Inbound Email in Rails with Mailgun – Part One

One of the features I implemented recently at work was allowing users to create “cards” inside their workspace by sending an email to the workspace itself.  While not a revolutionary thing to do, it is a step towards giving users the ability to forward confirmation emails to their workspace and have it auto-generate data based on the email contents.

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Git Some Common Sense – Use Environment Variables

It may seem like common sense to some but using environment variables to mask sensitive access/account information is something more and more junior developers are NOT learning in code schools.  Join me as I take a look at some easy ways to prevent that important information from being pushed to your public code base.

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Scheduler Brain Dump 19MAY2016

I had some time before medical appointment this morning to think a bit more about the Scheduler service I need to create for my PRC-119 app.  I have a tendency to think through solutions in my head but not write them down causing me to have to cover the same ground the next time I actually sit down to code.

What follows is a stream of consciousness “brain dump” about that feature/service and some other random thoughts.

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Ruby On Ales 2016 – Part Two

After the rousing success that was Day One of the 2016 Ruby on Ales conference, I was incredibly excited to see what Day Two would have in store for us!

…after a bit of breakfast and slow start to the morning thanks to the after party the night before.

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Ruby On Ales 2016 – Part One

Last week I took a trip down to Bend, OR to attend the 6th Annual Ruby on Ales conference.  Between the mixture of sunshine, drinks, and a great community the conference did not fail to make my first programmer conference experience an amazing one.

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A Technical Interview and A Lesson in Preparation

One of the hardest parts of starting a new career is the eventuality that you’ll have to interview with a new company at some point. While this process is rarely a pleasant experience, it becomes especially daunting for the rookie developer trying to find that first job where you break into the “real world” of software development.  I recently went through a few interviews and wanted to share one of my experiences.

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The Benefits of Code School Internships

One of the biggest “catch-22’s” in the junior developer world is the problem of finding a company that will hire you with very little on-the-job experience.  Most companies are asking for 1-2 years experience for junior/entry-level positions which can feel unfair when you first get out of your code school or boot camp.  How are you supposed to find a job to get that experience if everyone wants you to already have the experience?

Internships!

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Error Log: 20DEC2015

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Choosing a Programming Bootcamp

One of the biggest hurdles I faced this year in deciding to make the move from software support over to software development was deciding how I’d get the skills to become employable.  There are a multitude of code schools, programming boot camps, and online courses out there that all promise to get you “job ready” in X amount of time.

So where do you even start when evaluating the options?!?

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Error Log: 01DEC2015

Welcome to the inaugural post of my Error Log!  Today my main task was to adapt the geolocation and geosearch features I made last week into an API consumable form.  A fun little task that definitely highlighted some knowledge gaps and common mistakes on my part!

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