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People ask me why we choose to build a prototype instead of building out an entire product from the start. The short and sweet answer is that we would build a product with the wrong features.

I could write a book on all the reasons choosing to build a prototype is better than building the full product, but for the sake of brevity, let’s focus on...

 

When we are writing code for a product’s MVP, one of our core techniques is experimentation. We’ve found that frequent experimentation leads us to the quickest, most cost-effective way to dial in a product’s feature set.

Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon, says, “Our success at Amazon is a function of how many experiments we do per year, per month, per...

 

At Haught Codeworks the team is always working on many different projects, so it’s very important that developers can become productive quickly on any of them. This is necessary both for developers new to a project and trying to come up to speed, as well as developers familiar with a project that have been away from it for a while. We’ve found that...

 

Since Rails v4.1 is coming to its end of life, we recently upgraded one of our clients to Rails v4.2.8. And while most of the upgrade tasks were pretty straight forward, we did run into an interesting issue when using find_by_sql to execute a complex sql query. With the introduction of AdequateRecord, Rails is trying to improve query performance...

 

Last month I spoke at the Devoxx.us conference in San Jose. It was an enjoyable conference, even if it rained each day I was there. Devoxx is primarily a Java conference, which is a change of pace from the Ruby conferences I frequent. I enjoyed hearing about a different sector of the industry.

One notable aspect of the conference was the amazing...

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