Recent Posts by PJ Hagerty

Programmer, writer, musician, random person! Chaotic Neutral #rubykaraoke cofounder
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Prompt at Distill 2014

At last year’s Distill we announced our program promoting Mental Health awareness in the technology industry. It’s been a year since the launch of Prompt and we wanted to give a glimpse into what’s been done over the past year and what we’re planning for this year’s Distill conference.

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How Distill 2014 Was Built

When it comes to planning a conference, the core is always the speakers. A venue, the parties, swag, even ticket sales… all these things are secondary to content. Without talks people will be interested in, none of the rest matters: people will not buy the tickets, collect the swag, attend the party, or be in the venue.

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend Distill

As if there aren’t enough reasons to head to San Francisco for Distill on August 7th and 8th, here are the TOP TEN reasons you should grab your ticket now:

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Rails vs. Sinatra

To clarify before getting too far into the politics of the title: this is not a grudge match or a death match. This is not an end-all definitive debate killer. This article serves to take a look at two of the web frameworks available to rubyists and some of the benefits and pitfalls of both. To steal a phrase, “This is not a rebel song.” We’ll start by taking a look at each framework.

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Using Cylon.js at CoderDojo WNY

CoderDojo is a Meetup group for kids to learn to code.  They bring their ideas and adult developers help usher them along the way to teach them how to develop and to reach the goals they set for themselves.

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Logging: Getting the Information You Need

Keeping track of your application’s health has many different facets and different layers of information. Logging is the most basic tool, but can often be the most difficult to understand.  While we strive to convey information by dashboard and graphical outputs as much as possible, sometimes there is nothing better than an old fashioned trip through the logs to get a good grip on the situation.

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Alternative PHP Implementations

Note: Our good friends at the Development Hell podcast wrote this great guest piece for us about different kinds of PHP implementations. Thanks guys!

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Getting Started in Ruby

Ruby has long been considered a language of choice for coders that appreciate code happiness. In the past few years, Ruby has gone from a hobby language to a full-fledged enterprise application development language. As its popularity continues to grow, so does the number of people who look try Ruby for the first time.

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Improving Your Local Tech Group

Acting Locally

There are hundreds of User Groups across North America and around the world. These groups are primarily socially based or hacker groups who gather regularly to work on group or individual “toy” projects. Most groups will remain small and insular. It’s easy to stick with what is familiar and keep recycling the same format every month. Unfortunately, this leads to stagnation and apathy by group members. People will eventually stop showing up and the group will either suffer along or just cease to exist.

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