Connecting Arts and Technology with Marlena Compton

Published: May 2nd, 2021

I was one of the hosts lucky enough to welcome the brilliant and insightful Marlena Compton to the Greater than Code podcast episode 236.

Marlena’s superpower is an bringing the arts to tech.

Marlena discussed the application of sketching, drawing, crafting, zines, other forms of art to our work as technologists. We made some important connections between the use of art (or lack thereof) and the colonialist culture that pervades the tech industry.

You can find out more about Marlena at the Appear Works website where you can also find out about the “Let’s Sketch Tech!” community.

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Add Authentication

Published: Feb 2nd, 2021

This is part of Joyful Rails, a list of recommendations to make developing your Rails app more productive and joyful.

In this article, we are talking about adding authentication.

When

Authentication is the process of identifying who your user is. You should add it as soon as your app needs to know who its users are.

How

Use Devise.

Gotchas

Authentication is separate from authorization. We’ll talk about authorization in a separate article.

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Set Up a Production Environment

Published: Jan 5th, 2021

This is part of Joyful Rails, a list of recommendations to make developing your Rails app more productive and joyful.

In this article, we are talking about setting up a production environment.

When

In the interest of rapid user feedback and iteration, I recommend doing this as soon as possible.

Why

A production environment makes your app available to people who aren’t using your development machine.

How

Create a Heroku app

Alternatives

Almost every web hosting company can deploy Rails apps. Some can be cheaper than Heroku in certain scenarios. None that I know of are easier to start with.

Heroku is incredibly easy to use and can be used for free to start. I recommend starting with it.

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Damien Burke

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