Power Moves: SQL Server on Linux, Rails, and Docker

Microsoft is releasing new versions of SQL Server on Linux more and more frequently. Last month brought us SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0 and like the others before, it's a breeze to use with Docker.

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Disabling Image Loading with Rails System Tests

Disabling external assets like JavaScript or images can improve the performance of your Rails System Tests. Capybara is the acceptance test framework abstracted by Rails System Tests. It will load all assets on a page before proceeding to the next step in your test. Since, we are only testing interactions with Rails System Tests, we can reduce the page load time by ignoring images, external scripts and fonts. Rails 5.1 introduced SystemTestCase. It is a nice abstraction around Capybara providing...

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Making Static Components Stateful With CSS/Sass

Searching for some red ladies hoodies to wear at your team's event this Fall? How about a purple heathered t-shirt for your group's outing? Last month we launched an exciting change to our product catalog – the ability to filter styles whose color(s) match a simplified name or filter. Finding your customizable apparel in the right color is now easier than ever. And thanks to our usage of SUIT-based CSS components, along with the ability to leverage existing Rails' fragment...

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A Spooky Ink-o-ween!

This year we had a great showing of costumes in the office for Halloween

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Rebuilding the Plane We're Flying In

Three years ago, we were part way through the process of moving all of our servers and infrastructure from a single colocation facility to a multiple availability zone Amazon virtual private cloud. Things were going well and the business was booming, but we had a major problem. The old Storage Area Network (disk drive system shared by many of our servers) was going to run out of capacity in a matter of months.

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