19 April 2014

The Ruby Reflector

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By Jonas of Signal vs. Noise 1 year ago.
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At 37signals, our designers write code. Not just HTML and CSS Ruby and JavaScript too. We can all get reasonably far implementing an idea before calling in a programmer for help.

I was lucky to get a crash course in Rails when production for the new Basecamp was kicking into high gear. But even after a year in the trenches, I wasn't confident I was Doing It Right™. So last fall I took the Rails for Designers class at The Starter League . Obviously, …

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By 37signals of Signal vs. Noise over 1 year ago.
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…and as close as a few desks down (fellow 37signals designers Jamie, Mig, Jonas, John, and Shaun are also taking the class). One student, not in our class, came over from Hong Kong.

My classmates also come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are designers with no programming experience. Others are programmers who work in languages other than Ruby. There's also a lawyer and a couple Chicago Public School teachers, too. There's a good 30 year age range spread as well. It's …

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By Matt of Tea-Driven Development almost 2 years ago.
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Jonas said his goal for Turnip was mainly simplification:

He thinks that the reason some people had started to abandon Cucumber was to do with it being perceived as complex.

Jumping from plain english steps to Regexps is jarring, and too big a leap in abstraction. 98% of the time you don't need regular expressions anyway. Turnip uses the concept of placeholders in strings instead to capture arguments.

Using RSpec as the runner for Turnip hasn't worked out so well. …

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By Jonas of Signal vs. Noise over 1 year ago.
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Last week, a small crew of 37signals folk headed to Portland for the XOXO festival . It was a high-speed joyride of creative spirit, and it might have permanently changed my outlook on making stuff. Here are a few of the morsels that will stick with me for a while.

Ignore cynicism. Do what you want, and love doing it.

The Internet appears to run on cynicism. Twitter is a complaint delivery protocol, and comment threads are polluted with meaningless grammar fights and nitpicky …

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By Jonas of Signal vs. Noise 2 years ago.
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In my six months as a signal, I've worked with Jason F. on numerous design explorations for the new Basecamp . These sessions are always fun, and a few of them helped transform difficult problems into the UI you're using in the final product. (One famously tricky one was the new Projects screen .) Our design process isn't formal, but we're fast and methodical. We scope most of our work into a week or two.

One of our …

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By f. of Signal vs. Noise over 2 years ago.
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On October 10th we'll be welcoming Jonas Downey as the fifth full-time designer at 37signals. Jonas comes to us by way of the Argonne National Laboratory where he was one of the principal designers of their web sites/apps. Jonas will join Craig, Jamie, Scott, and Jason Z in crafting the visual design of our apps and marketing sites.

Jonas, who applied once before but didn't make the cut, came back strong and determined the next time we posted a designer …

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