intridea.com Archives - 18 April 2014, Friday

  • Easy, All CSS custom HTML checkboxes by #Intridea's @Bry_Cunningham! #css #HTML

    Easy, All CSS custom HTML checkboxes

    intridea.com 17 Apr '14, 4pm

    Let’s face it, nobody likes a plain ol’ checkbox and sometimes (depending on what your trying to accomplish), they can be tricky to style without dropping in a javascript library. Recently, while developing our new app Smashbook , I needed to replicate the native iOS style toggle swit...

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  • Building Streaming REST APIs with Ruby

    Building Streaming REST APIs with Ruby

    intridea.com 16 Apr '14, 5pm

    Twitter popularized the term "firehose API", to mean a realtime stream of data sent through a persistent connection. But even if you're not a realtime service, streaming APIs are great for pushing data from the backend to clients. They reduce resource usage because the server can deci...

  • He's back! Check out Part II of the Get RAD tutorial series by @ChrisTate #tutorial

    Get RAD: Part II

    intridea.com 15 Apr '14, 3pm

    Now, I know what you're thinking, "When are we gonna get to the good stuff?" Well, hang in there! I know these steps may seem like tedious prep work, but let's play make believe for a moment. Imagine you've just spent sixty-five hours crafting the most magnificent app imaginable. It's...

  • #Heartbleed Aftermath: How to Effectively Diagnose Your Affected Services

    Heartbleed Aftermath: How to Effectively Diagnose Your Affected Services

    intridea.com 14 Apr '14, 2pm

    Since OpenSSL's Heartbleed bug hit the news last Monday , the media has covered the obvious bases: from what it is and what it does to various guides for recovery. However, despite all this, there hasn't been much focus on diagnosing affected services. Therefore, as a good citizen of ...

  • SASS & Static Webpages (No Framework, Please!)

    SASS & Static Webpages (No Framework, Please!)

    intridea.com 13 Apr '14, 9am

    Here is a quick tip for users who like the idea of using SASS -powered stylesheets, but may not want to bother setting up a development framework to do so. A Really Quick Intro to SASS If you’re not familiar, SASS (“semantically awesome stylesheets”) builds off your existing CSS knowl...

  • UX For Suits

    UX For Suits

    intridea.com 10 Apr '14, 1am

    This article focuses on the correlation of UX and brand equity to quantitative measures that we see in market value. User experience (UX) is a catch-all term that we use in the software industry to describe the overall feeling an end-user gets when using a product. The UX is the attit...

  • Touch Icons: Less is More!

    intridea.com 01 Apr '14, 2pm

    Last week, I found myself in an interesting Twitter discussion with my friend Brad Frost . Centered around home screen icons for mobile, Brad was lamenting on the lack of up-to-date, clean cut resources for them. I couldn't agree more! In fact, over the last few weeks, that has been m...

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    1. Touch Icons: Less is More! intridea.com 01 Apr '14, 2pm
  • Touch Icons: Less is More!

    intridea.com 01 Apr '14, 2pm

    Last week, I found myself in an interesting Twitter discussion with my friend Brad Frost . Centered around home screen icons for mobile, Brad was lamenting on the lack of up-to-date, clean cut resources for them. I couldn't agree more! In fact, over the last few weeks, that has been m...

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    1. Touch Icons: Less is More! intridea.com 01 Apr '14, 2pm
  • takes Seattle!

    intridea.com 27 Mar '14, 3pm

    Intridea is thrilled to announce our newest office in Seattle, Washington! With offices in New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC, setting up shop at /dev/local was the perfect spot for our fourth location. At /dev/local we'll be delivering in the same big way: taking great ideas ...

  • Automate your dev environment set ups with Boxen! by #Intridea's @Rawsyntax

    Using Boxen

    intridea.com 25 Mar '14, 3pm

    Boxen is an awesome tool for automating dev environment setups and configuration on OS X. Here at Intridea, we are huge Boxen fans. Not only is it a fairly straightforward process, the entire set-up can be achieved with a single command! Why we love it. Boxen comes with an addon proje...

  • How I Test Backbone.Marionette with Jasmine

    intridea.com 18 Mar '14, 2pm

    Run all Jasmine suites Run Jasmine suite at http://localhost:57702/jasmine Finished in 0.009 seconds ToDoApp.Views.TodoCollectionView rendering when there is a collection ✘ renders the collection ➤ TypeError: 'undefined' is not a constructor (evaluating 'new ToDoApp.Views.TodoCollecti...

  • Brooklyn. NeoLucida. Spritzenhaus.

    intridea.com 13 Mar '14, 3pm

    Thanks to the kickstarter campaign NeoLucida , Intridea had the chance to play with 19th century drawing tools last week! As a fully distributed team, we often find excuses to get together, and the Neolucida was the perfect reason for such an event. Brooklyn became our mecca for this ...

  • 4 Steps to Creating Overlays

    intridea.com 06 Mar '14, 4pm

    Over the last few months, Intridea has worked on several projects revolving around charts, maps, and interactive stats. Learning how to effectively display these aspects, both at a functional and beautiful level, is a challenging task. However, like the old saying goes, necessity is t...

  • Debugging Rails Applications With ruby-debug

    intridea.com 01 Mar '14, 5pm

    My associate, Yong Zhi, wrote a great blog post on how to debug a Ruby application, a standalone script, or a full-stacked Rails application with GDB, GNU Project Debugger. Within the Ruby community there is always more than one option you can choose from. As many of you know, ruby-de...

  • Android: Managing Multiple BroadcastReceivers

    intridea.com 28 Feb '14, 8am

    When I was developing the Presently Android client I ran into an interesting problem. If a user is in the main timeline activity and a new message comes in, the active timeline just needs to update with the new message. However, if the user is in another activity stream, (like viewing...

  • @rodgersnotes

    Visualizing Big Data on Small Devices

    intridea.com 25 Feb '14, 4pm

    Alright, so your big data infrastructure is up and running. You've collected and analyzed gigabytes, terabytes, maybe even petabytes of data and now you'd like to visualize your data on desktop PCs, tablets, and smart phones. How do you go about doing this? Well, let me show you. Visu...

  • Successful Data Projects, Part III: Expect the Unexpected

    intridea.com 20 Feb '14, 4pm

    As a project manager, you quickly learn no two projects are ever the same. Whether it’s the client, team, or content itself, there’s always some level of unpredictability. Over the past year, many of Intridea’s projects have revolved around data visualization, with large data tables o...

  • Get RAD with DevRocket, Framer, GhostLab and Photoshop

    intridea.com 18 Feb '14, 4pm

    While there’s no silver bullet, the process I’m about to describe is an excellent tool for communicating the look and feel of an app; both quickly and easily. Over the next few weeks, I’ll walk you through a complete step-by-step guide to building Xiti; a mock iOS application built wi...

  • A Match Made in Frameworks

    intridea.com 14 Feb '14, 3pm

    You know that phase where reality sets in, things get extremely frustrating, and your framework “commitment issues" begin to creep up? It's that moment where your once beloved framework is doing more harm than good? And you find yourself overriding everything and changing core compone...

  • DIY tips + tricks for working with big data on a small budget by Intridea's @TomZeng! #bigdata

    Big Data, Small Budget

    intridea.com 13 Feb '14, 4pm

    Processing big data requires a lot of CPU power and storage space. At the minimum, a cluster of powerful servers to process data in a distributed fashion is essential. Typically, the set up process can be very expensive. However, here are several relatively low cost options. Now, we'r...

  • Sass Functions for Play + Profit

    intridea.com 11 Feb '14, 4pm

    Some of the best known features of Sass are the availability of mixins, variables, and the ability to extend selectors. However, what you might not know is that you can also define functions for use in your rulesets. What is a Sass Function? If you've used any of Sass's Operations, th...

  • Successful Data Projects, Part II: Work that Data

    intridea.com 06 Feb '14, 4pm

    As a project manager, you quickly learn no two projects are ever the same. Whether it’s the client, team, or content itself, there’s always some level of unpredictability. Over the past year, many of Intridea’s projects have revolved around data visualization, with large data tables o...

  • Successful Data Projects, Part II: Work that Data

    intridea.com 06 Feb '14, 3pm

    As a project manager, you quickly learn no two projects are ever the same. Whether it’s the client, team, or content itself, there’s always some level of unpredictability. Over the past year, many of Intridea’s projects have revolved around data visualization, with large data tables o...

  • Intridea's @Whitespase talks the catch 22 of careers in design...

    The Catch 22 of Web Design Jobs

    intridea.com 04 Feb '14, 4pm

    You’re a print designer, you’ve got the chops in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, but you want something more. After scouring the web, you discover endless postings for interactive, UI, and UX design positions. It would seem the world is your oyster, till you start reading the descript...

  • Successful Data Projects: Setting Boundaries

    intridea.com 28 Jan '14, 4pm

    As a project manager, you quickly learn no two projects are ever the same. Whether it’s the client, team, or content itself, there’s always some level of unpredictability. Over the past year, many of Intridea’s projects have revolved around data visualization, with large data tables o...

  • Static Web Rising

    intridea.com 27 Jan '14, 4pm

    Every so often the web development world experiences a tectonic shift as new technologies inspire a new way of thinking about application architecture and development. We began our work at Intridea in 2007 by focusing on the then-nascent Ruby on Rails world. What was once a niche is n...

  • #Intridea's @Yorzi illustrates how to build a successful SNS site purely in Rails4.

    Pure Rails = BibRave.com

    intridea.com 23 Jan '14, 3pm

    There’s a rumor going around that Rails isn’t as sexy as it once was; that Javascript is the next world power and Single Page Applications (SPA) have better UX than traditional multi-page sites. Well, to this I say, nay! Over the last few months, I lead the development of an SNS (soci...

  • #Intridea's own @TomZeng talks top MVC frameworks via @Github stats

    Single Page Apps - Part #1: Popular Client Side MVC Frameworks

    intridea.com 21 Jan '14, 1am

    In part one of our single page apps series, we discuss the top client side MVC frameworks rankings based on Github stats. Based on the number of people who starred the Github repositories, we can extract the following list of top JavaScript client side MVC frameworks: JavaScript MVC F...

  • #Intridea talks "The Art of Humanizing Data" and all its mysteries!

    The Art of Humanizing Big Data

    intridea.com 17 Jan '14, 3pm

    For many people big data is still a mysterious word to describe everything and anything. Explaining it can be an art all its own, and in today’s day and age visuals are a necessity. As stated in David Hoffer's, What Does Big Data Look Like? article, “a simple Google image search on “b...

  • Reclaim your "Work from Home Zen" in today's #Intridea blog.

    Reclaim your “Work from Home Zen" |

    intridea.com 16 Jan '14, 4pm

    A morning commute to a home office (or the kitchen table) is a wonderful opportunity to think and work without the typical interruptions that come up in an office. It’s also a potential shortcut to driving off the cliffs of reclaimed productivity and into the sea of the uninspired. He...