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  • Human-Centered Typography

    robots.thoughtbot.com 27 Mar '15, 9pm

    The fundamental goal of typography is to make text easy and enjoyable to read. Typography has its own set of rules and guidelines. From there, we bend the rules to prioritize how to make the text easier to read. Text as an Interface Treating text as an interface is as much about usabi...

  • Announcing Testing Rails

    robots.thoughtbot.com 27 Mar '15, 3pm

    Writing effective tests is a necessary part of Ruby development. A good test suite guides you towards maintainable code. It allows you to make major changes to your application and be confident that everything still works. We think everyone should know how to write a successful test s...

  • Sass Source Maps + Chrome = Magic

    robots.thoughtbot.com 26 Mar '15, 12am

    Have you ever wanted your changes from Chrome’s DevTools to stick – or wanted to edit Sass files directly in the inspector? If your typical workflow involves making design changes within DevTools only to return to your text editor for application, you know the pitfalls. It’s hard to r...

  • Thinking in Types

    robots.thoughtbot.com 23 Mar '15, 7pm

    This approach translates well to Haskell thanks to a feature called type classes . They provide a concise, flexible, and completely type safe way to define interfaces which multiple types can implement. In order to understand the problem I want to discuss, we’ll need to digress just a...

  • A Closer Look at Test Spies

    robots.thoughtbot.com 19 Mar '15, 5pm

    When we use a test spy in our unit tests instead of a mock object , we make some tradeoffs. This article explores our decisions. An example spy Here is a test written in RSpec : require "spec_helper" describe PersonFinder, ".json_for" do it "notifies Airbrake of Clearbit API exception...

  • The Bourbon Tee

    The Bourbon Tee

    robots.thoughtbot.com 09 Mar '15, 9pm

    You love Bourbon; we love Bourbon. As a matter of fact, we love Bourbon so much that we’ve designed an official tee shirt for you to sport. We’re selling it for a limited time (until March 24th) and it’s only $20, so grab one and represent Bourbon today! The specs Comes in “Orange Cru...

  • Maybe Haskell, our newest book

    robots.thoughtbot.com 16 Feb '15, 3pm

    For the past few months, we’ve been working on a book about Haskell. Specifically, we’ve been writing about Haskell’s Maybe data type, which is used to represent values that may or may not be present. This is the Haskell alternative to Ruby’s nil . You’ll find a similar concept in oth...

  • It’s Only Color

    robots.thoughtbot.com 06 Mar '15, 1pm

    We’re feeling pretty good about this though, so let’s bring in color – remember to embrace simplicity. Pick three colors to work with and stick with them. My philosophy is to have two colors do the heavy lifting and reserve a third in a sidekick role. It’s something that can serve as ...

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