Mob Programming: How We Stumbled Upon and Learned to Love It

I’ve been reflecting on how my current team is both super-productive and fun to work with. One key element of this is that we recently started to practice mob programming. We did this organically without actually knowing what the practice was, but we have since learned how to apply it in certain situations. The results have been extremely positive.
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Preparing to Launch a Rewrite for a Public-Facing Website

Launching a rewrite of an existing public-facing website is an exciting, yet tricky process. It’s exciting because you know that you’re working on a well-tested and market-validated idea. You already have users—something that new companies and products need to work hard to obtain. Read more on Preparing to Launch a Rewrite for a Public-Facing Website…

React and TypeScript – The Basics

React is great, and with TypeScript, it can be even better.

If you haven’t used TypeScript with React, you might be wondering how much work is required to get started, and how React development with TypeScript is different than JavaScript. I’m going to address these questions, covering everything I would have liked to find in one place when I was getting started with TypeScript—specifically, what is required to set up a React/TypeScript project, and how some of the basic React/Redux type definitions work. Read more on React and TypeScript – The Basics…

Getting Started With React Native – Easy or Hard?

I’ve been watching React Native for a while. The idea of using a React (and Redux) approach to developing cross-platform-ish native apps is really appealing. Since I have no React Native experience, I wanted to understand how much work is required to get started. Read more on Getting Started With React Native – Easy or Hard?…

React Testing – Jest or Mocha?

Every React project is a little different. This can make choosing the right testing setup difficult.

Both Jest and Mocha seem to be popular within the React community. There are tons of folks using Jest, though others seem to prefer Mocha (for example, the Enzyme docs and examples use Mocha). So which one should you choose, and does it even matter?
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Parsing Excel Files with Ruby

In this post, I will review options for parsing Excel files using Ruby. I’ll discuss the different types of Excel files and introduce some of the Ruby libraries that exist for working with them. Note that I focus mostly on reading Excel files in this post, but there is some discussion around writing/updating them as well.
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