Tips for Making Persuasive Arguments

We can all agree that making persuasive arguments is both exceedingly critical to collaboration and exceedingly difficult. Thus, I’ve been delighted to work through a book on persuasion–The 7 Triggers to Yes. It’s a new favorite of mine, and in this post, I’ll share the seven triggers, discuss one in more detail, and describe some of the other great content in the book. Read more on Tips for Making Persuasive Arguments…

Atomic Games 2016 – Connect Four Challenge!

Atomic Object hosted the first Atomic Games in 2015. Our coaches and participants had so much fun with the event that we decided to organize another Games this past October 22. We were humbled by the interest and enthusiasm we saw from students this year, and once again, we really enjoyed running the event.
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Adding Google Charts to your Active Admin Application

Active Admin is a fantastic library for building an administrator interface for a Rails application. Not only does it make creating CRUD pages incredibly simple, but it also allows for custom views–something I discovered recently when I needed to create a dashboard page that included several charts.
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Adding Google Analytics to an AngularJS App with ngRoutes

As my recent project using Google Sheets and AngularJS grew into a successful prototype, I ran into a series of issues creating a feedback loop. I wanted to set up a tracking tool for page hits and log searches by users. My goal was to identify the pages that were used the most and the least in order to understand which tools were popular and which were not. Tracking this information would allow us to do more internal teaching or start phasing out the tools that were not helpful. So, I thought hey, I’ll just use Google Analytics; it’s easy. Wow, was I mistaken.
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Building Better Board Games with Clojure and Gorilla REPL

A while back, my six-year-old daughter and I were on one of our regular daddy-daughter date nights when we decided to create a board game. We sat at a restaurant table with paper, crayons, and a small collection of Dungeons and Dragons trinkets. To my surprise, we built a fun little game that my daughter named Turtle Burglars.
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Using Jenkins To Perform Other Operational Tasks

Most developers are probably familiar with Jenkins, the lightweight and venerable Continuous Integration framework. It has been widely used in the software community for years to automate and deploy software builds. This post is not about that, nor the many benefits of Continuous Integration. Instead, I would like to discuss a couple of other ways to leverage Jenkins to simplify and automate other tasks in your software operations.

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