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  • fake_braintree has a new maintainer

    robots.thoughtbot.com 25 May '15, 12am

    Four years ago, we created the fake_braintree library to make testing against Braintree easier. It spins up a local server that responds like Braintree, allowing you to run code like Braintree::Transactions.create without the extra time and setup required by Braintree’s actual servers...

  • Test Incoming Webhook Requests with Faraday

    Test Incoming Webhook Requests with Faraday

    robots.thoughtbot.com 15 May '15, 2pm

    I was recently working with client who has an application that accepts incoming webhooks from GitHub. We track receipt of these webhooks and display state information to the user. We test this functionality with request specs, which provide unit-level guarantees. We also want to use a...

  • Design Spiking

    robots.thoughtbot.com 04 May '15, 7am

    A “spike” is a development term for a quick exercise that lets you explore solutions without the burden of writing good code , then throwing it all away so you can do it the right way with confidence. These are typically experiments timeboxed to a certain number of hours set aside jus...

  • Why Fixed Bids Are Bad For Clients, Too

    robots.thoughtbot.com 28 Apr '15, 11pm

    Most software developers know that fixed bid contracts are bad for them. But what most clients don’t know is that fixed bids are bad for them as well. Traditionally, when a client needed a piece of software built they would draft a Request for Proposal (RFP). This document would descr...

  • Build and test a blazing fast JSON API with Phoenix, an Elixir framework

    robots.thoughtbot.com 03 May '15, 4am

    defmodule HelloPhoenix.ContactControllerTest do use ExUnit.Case, async: false use Plug.Test alias HelloPhoenix.Contact alias HelloPhoenix.Repo alias Ecto.Adapters.SQL setup do SQL.begin_test_transaction(Repo) on_exit fn -> SQL.rollback_test_transaction(Repo) end end test "/index retur...

  • How We Use Trello for Product Design and Development — by @thoughtbot

    How We Use Trello for Product Design and Development

    robots.thoughtbot.com 28 Apr '15, 7pm

    Our playbook touches upon how we use Trello for all sorts of tasks, from projects to hiring to sales – however, it doesn’t dive deeply into how we manage our boards for each project. Each of our project boards are broken down into 6 columns: Ideas / Discussion, Next up, Doing, Code Re...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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