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Video Messaging in Rails

We've been working with our friends at the Chins Up Foundation to develop an innovative application connecting youth with college athletes through a pen-pal mentorship program. Recently, we were requested to add video messaging to the application...

The Tragedy of Maybe and Ruby

"How is this different from nil?" is the inevitable question I get from rubyists upon learning about the Maybe monad. Until a flash of inspiration the other day, I didn't quite have a good explanation for this question. Sure, I had an explanation,...

Frank on Fire: Getting Started with Sinatra and Ember-CLI

Here at Bendyworks, we've noticed Ember.js's growing adoption in the front-end community and have found that it strikes a good balance between flexibility and adherence to battle tested architectural practices.

Ember-CLI takes things one step further...

Caravan: Ruby API Versioning & Enforcement

So you’ve built a Ruby API. Awesome sauce! You’ve set yourself up for success whether you build a rich client-side JavaScript app or native app. Hell, you could even shove it into a much larger Service-Oriented Architecture cluster. Nice.

But something...

Why We Can’t Wait for Madison+ Ruby

August in Madison always brings a buzz of excitement for Madison+ Ruby. In just 10 days we will welcome members of the international Ruby community to our hometown (we’re honored!).

Madison+ Ruby has set a high bar for Ruby conferences ever since...

Ruby? Rails? Ruby on Rails?

This post is one in a series of blog posts that answer some of the most common questions we get from prospective and current clients. All of the posts in this series are under the Questions tag if you want to view more like this.

As a consultancy...

From Ruby to Haskell, Part 3: Lazy Evaluation

One of the defining characteristics of Haskell— that you often see listed in what sets it apart from other languages— is that it is the only common language that’s lazy. In fact, laziness has been cited as the feature that keeps Haskell functionally...


Imagine yourself at a concert on the streets of Madison, a block away from the Wisconsin State Capitol (known for, among other things, being the largest granite dome in the world), listening to Willy Porter, and waiting for the headliner—Eric Hutchinson

Styleguide Rails

You might as well learn it now, because you’ll be using it in 6 months. Styleguide rails is a cool gem that builds a living, breathing styleguide for your site. You can add it to your project really easily (let’s just do it right now):

gem install

OMG! Rails Rumble!

Last weekend, three Bendyworkers and a Swink-person (Swink-ee?) participated in the Rails Rumble, a competition to build a web application in just 48 hours. Rather than hacking on the backend like I usually do, I ended up almost exclusively forging...


Note: This article was cross-posted from Brad’s personal blog: Naming Things is Hard

Over the last month at Bendyworks, I’ve been pairing with Jaymes on our latest initiative: adding iOS development to our repertoire. As a Ruby developer learning...

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