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Writings on building software delivery capabilities and delivering digital & technology outcomes for ambitious organisations.

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ActiveRecord Refactoring: Concerns

ActiveRecord provides a lot of power – if not too much. To that power we add our own business logic to create rather large domain models. Here at Made I’ve started looking at various ways to tone down the responsibilities of my ActiveRecord models using various programming patterns.

Mobile enable your email newsletters

It’s no secret that over the past couple of years there’s been a very obvious upward trend in the use of mobile devices to visit websites. Only this week Google suggested that by December 2014, 50% of web searches will be conducted on mobile.

Getting To Grips With Icon Fonts

Icon fonts are monochromatic images which are incredibly useful, scalable and easy to implement. In this post I’m going to talk about why we began using them, why you should use them, and how to do so.

Metaprogramming in Ruby

When you find yourself duplicating functionality that is similar to existing functionality in your system, it may be an indication that the process could be generalised to accommodate more scenarios. This has the benefit that this ‘role’ would be encapsulated and the source code would exist in only one place, becoming less of a maintenance burden.

Mob Programming

At Made, we’re always looking for ways to improve the quality of our code, and anything that can help us do that while also encouraging us to solve problems as a team is something we want to spend time trying out.

UNIX at Made

Everyone in the Made office seems to prefer Unix based systems. Why is that? Sure everyone likes Apple products, they are considered stable, relatively speaking, but I don’t think that everybody appreciates where most of that stability comes from.

SEO and design updates launched for VGL

As part of our ongoing relationship with VGL, the team behind Surface View, we recently rolled out an update that features refreshed designs for key areas of their site, responsive email templates, and a host of SEO-friendly enhancements.