Railsconf, Atlanta

Even more so than my Backboneconf experience, Atlanta’s Railsconf was all about meeting my dev heroes. I got to meet Obie Fernandez, author of The Rails Way (TRW) which was a book that I’m so grateful to have discovered early in my web development journey. For me, TRW was and still is, a clear and concise …

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In Defense Of Server-Rendered Apps

Server-rendered apps, have been getting such a bad rap. Its now almost conventional wisdom that client-rendered apps provide better user-experience and therefore there is no good reason to make/deploy server-rendered apps with frameworks like Ruby On Rails. Before (or after) reading below, you may want to check out my easy-going introduction to server-side vs client-side apps …

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Are 2-in-1 Tablet+Ultrabooks Worth It ?

I was in Bestbuy the other day playing with their Windows 2-in-1 Laptop/Tablet computers and I was pleasantly surprised at the lightness and usability of the devices in tablet mode, particularly the Microsoft Surface Pro3. I did not play much with the handwriting and freehand drawing features but I practiced simply holding/viewing and typing which are 95% of what I (or …

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Backboneconf, Boston

Few things are as enriching as listening to experts or enthusiasts expound on mutually interesting topics. But even more enriching than that is being able to interact with said experts/enthusiasts. Developer conferences are great venues for this kind of enriching experience. And Backboneconf, Cambridge, Massachussets, December 2014 was no exception. Backbone.js is a javascript web application library used …

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