December 27, 2014 by Daniel P. Clark

“Assume Everything Will Break” Development

In Ruby, and Ruby on Rails, the community is very big on Test Driven Development (TDD). This is good! And it’s especially important when working with a team. But what patterns will you develop in buidling a huge Rails application on your own without tests? Well I’d like to call it “Assume Everything Will Break…

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December 26, 2014 by Daniel P. Clark

Free Travis CI for your Open Source project

So as I was poking around and looking at Travis CI and I noticed they give their service for free to open source projects.  This is cool!  Give your project more credibility by using it. So what is Travis CI?  Well it’s basically a tool to run your software tests within several environments and give you…

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December 9, 2014 by Daniel P. Clark

Ruby & Ruby on Rails Methods for Discovery Part 1

When I program I see it as both an art and a challenge.  The art is in the how.  The challenges I see as detective work.  The answer is unknown as of yet, and it’s your job to sleuth it out.  A detective hunts down the clues until an answer is found.  Yes, that is…

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August 4, 2014 by Daniel P. Clark

Create a Game Instance in Rails

So you need to load a class instance in Rails for your visitors to play your game. But Rails generally is a static website with static database lookups. So for this we’re going to assign a class instance to a game room. First let’s generate our project; we’re going to start with a prebuilt devise/bootstrap…

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August 1, 2014 by Daniel P. Clark

Manual Polymorphic Creation in Rails

Finding documentation online to do this was pretty much a no go.  The answer I’ve provided here was grasped from hints given on many websites of what could be done but without anything I could really sink my teeth into. What this code allows you to accomplish is to create a belongs_to/has_many relationship to something…

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June 6, 2014 by Daniel P. Clark

Characteristics That Attract

Every person should seek to become the best they can be. One fairly obvious trait that is attractive is confidence.  We people love to see confidence; so much so that we seek to follow it.  Why is that do you suppose?  What does the image of confidence exude?  Confidence seems to be an indicator of…

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Termination Notice

June 5, 2014 by Daniel P. Clark

Don’t check your email before…

…you go to bed. Yes, just as I was about to go to bed to sleep I decided to check my e-mail.  It was there I found a Termination Notice for my storage unit.  I knew I was about one month late with payments, but then my eyes saw the following “The Auction will be…

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May 17, 2014 by Daniel P. Clark

Freelancer; What’s your price?

In this day and age price point is a big question for many; both for those who are new in the field, and even the veterans who make an effort to stay up to date with the trends. What it comes down to are these factors: Market Research, Supply vs Demand, Quality, Niche, Qualifications, Estimated…

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May 12, 2014 by Daniel P. Clark

Limits and the Size of the Challenge

How big do you want to be?  How big is the problem you have to overcome?  What’s holding you back? The average person can’t see beyond their current self and the state that they’re in.  They believe life has given them what they’ve got, and that’s just how the cards fell.  So all in all…

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May 9, 2014 by Daniel P. Clark

My Experience Purchasing with Bitcoin

So I’ve made 4 purchases with Bitcoin.  I must say I am very well pleased with how well everything went. My first and most recent purchase were with Tigerdirect.  The first item I ordered was the “Wacom Intuos Pro Special Edition Touch Tablet and Pen”.   I simply clicked add to cart then proceeded to…

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