Zach Dennis

Recent Posts

Importing data and handling conflicts in Ruby on Rails applications

The other week we took a look at importing data quickly into Ruby on Rails applications and saw how activerecord-import can speed up importing large sets[..]

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Importing data quickly in Ruby on Rails applications

Application frameworks often provide their own out of the box services for interacting with databases. This works great when processing data in a[..]

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From Blocking REPLs to Non-blocking REPLs

Writing an interactive command line tool using non-blocking IO opens doors that tools using blocking IO can only dream of. Your program no longer has to[..]

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An Updated Look At Choosing Between OAuth2 and SAML

I receive a lot of emails regarding my post Choosing an SSO Strategy: SAML vs OAuth2. The two common questions seems to be: 1) Did you make the right[..]

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Making Github Flavored Markdown Your Default Grammar in Atom

Recently, while mentoring a client product manager, we were exploring a few different tools for writing stories. He'd gotten comfortable with using[..]

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Output or Outcome?

Is your team executing well – a healthy backlog, wireframes, designs, stories, features, an automated test suite – but still not achieving the outcome[..]

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How Many Connections Can An iBeacon Support?

The question "How many connections can an iBeacon support?" comes up quite a bit and usually results in some confusion. This post aims to remove any[..]

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Practicing Empathy: Considering Your Audience

I once sat in an iteration review where the recently completed work for an API was being demoed. The demo covered a lot of ground around technical[..]

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9 Tips for Opening a Better Pull Request

Code review is an essential practice for how we develop software. Not only does it help us ship higher quality code, it's an organic means of knowledge[..]

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iBeacon's Required Advertising Interval May Not Matter

Apple's Proximity Beacon Specification documents what it means for a Bluetooth Low Energy device to be an iBeacon. Within the specification there are[..]

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