Material Design was introduced by Google in 2014 as a visual language to create a universal design and style guide for applications. Along with Material Design, new widgets and controls were added to match the new styling. One of these elements is the chip. Chips function like buttons that can either be checked or toggled. […]
At some point, you may need to create custom forms in Active Admin for admin users to create records. Active Admin uses Formtastic, a FormBuilder DSL, to output these forms. In this post, I’m going to show you some of the things you can do with them.
When you’re working on a piece of software for a long time, it can be easy to overlook poor architecture or an awkward UX. You may spend your day avoiding the dark corners of your app and choosing to forget that they even exist. Unfortunately, when this happens, the health of our codebase and application […]
When creating any kind of application, it’s important to build it for the users you expect to be supporting. Because of this, it may be necessary to display different strings, images, and other content based on the language or region of your users. While creating the translations of an app can be a lengthy process, […]
I’ve recently been playing around with Kotlin in my free time, particularly as an alternative to Java for Android development. Figuring out where to start exploring a new language can be difficult, but knowing that Atomic Object practices test-driven development (TDD), I figured that learning to test in Kotlin would be the best option.
By now, most people understand the benefit of pair programming. Sharing knowledge (and pain) provides a lot of advantages for both junior and senior developers alike. I really enjoy pair programming, not only for the learning, but for the social aspect as well. It gives me a chance to get to know my co-workers better: […]
At the recent GOTO Chicago conference, Sonic Pi creator Sam Aaron gave a rocking presentation about his code-turned-music program, which is aimed at getting anyone from kids to professional musicians interested in software development. After the keynote, Sam gave a performance for the conference, an entertaining demonstration of the power of code.
With the dawn of the Internet of Things, smart homes, and connected devices, mobile apps have become key elements of creating harmony between everything. Most IoT devices require users to provision their devices on a home wireless network, which can sometimes cause poor user experience. However, apps have the ability to ease these pain points […]
On my current project, we were searching for a good way to fake out our API for testing purposes. One idea that my teammate came up with was to create a local server within the actual Xamarin Forms app so we could make API calls to it.
With the addition of the Touch Bar comes the ability to customize it for your own applications. From simply adding buttons to incorporating sliders or color pickers, programming the Touch Bar is a new, creative way to add shortcuts and other functionality into your Mac app.