This year, RailsConf took us to Kansas City where we joined up with thousands of fellow Rubyists for three days of workshops and presentations. For those who were unable to attend, Tim Barmann, Micah Frost, and Eric Freese each worked to summarized two favorite presentations as well as a unanimously agreed upon, “Best in Show”. To make it easier to follow along, we’ve included links to SlideDeck and GitHub when available, but feel free to drop helpful links or your own favorites into the comments section below.…

Here at MojoTech, we are lucky to have several engineers who have used Ruby on Rails from very early on in its history. For me personally, the year 2016 will mark a full decade of using Rails for application development. In total, we have four Mojos who were using Rails in those very early days, and while we now use many different programming languages and tools, the early days of MojoTech were established as a “Rails shop”.…

Lately, I’ve been working on Satellite, an open-source monitoring solution for Mesos clusters. It has become clear that Satellite needs to be easier to install and configure, and that we may need to change the very nature of its configuration files. This has led me think about software configuration in general, and particularly about which about which styles work best in which situations. In a healthy software project, a line is drawn between the “Application” itself and its “Configuration”.…

Software engineering is a craft like any other, one that requires maintaining a sharp set of tools at all times. While software engineers may not work with saws and chisels, they do work consistently with their minds and thought patterns. In an effort to aid our engineers in maintaining a sharp toolset, here at MojoTech we have routine “code challenge” exercises that are given to the team. These challenges are given as a fun change-of-pace exercise and each challenge offers a varying degree of difficulty.…

On paper, MojoTech’s resume looks pretty impressive. Since its inception in 2008, MojoTech has launched more than 100 products by partnering with clients to deliver software that solves their most complex business problems. MojoTech was ranked the 42nd fastest growing software company in America by Inc. Magazine, and was listed as one of 2016’s Best Places to Work for the third year running, by Providence Business News, who also awarded co-founder Chris Shoemaker “CTO of the Year”.…

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