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Interacting with the Android lifecycle in a Cordova Plugin

Anyone who’s attended one of my talks during the past year, knows that I love Mbientlab’s MetaWear boards. They’re great for prototyping wearables that offer rich APIs for Android and iOS. That said, when you’re prototyping a device, you may

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Amazon Cloudsearch With Ruby And Asari Moving Towards 1.0

When you need to offer advanced search in your Ruby based application you have a number of options. People often will look at using a Lucene based solution such as Solr or Elasticsearch. The only problem is that you will

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Are You Data Literate?

We live in a world where data has become more important than ever. In fact, the World Economic Forum calls data the new “It currency”, every bit as valuable as oil and gold. Yet, despite the fact that data has

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Using Google Glass For Reveal.js Speaker Notes

I have been a Glass explorer since last November and regularly give a lot of talks at conferences and meetups. One of the first things that I really wanted to have was a way to have my speaker notes be

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RubyNation Recap

Recently I had the honor of being able to speak for a second time at Rubynation in Washington DC. Rubynation is a two day, dual track conference that focuses on Ruby and related technologies. Speaking On The Second Day This

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How Much Data Do You Really Need?

We live in a world where knowledge is believed to equal power. As a result, most of us abhor the uncertainty of not knowing. When we have questions, we want to turn to data – cold, hard facts — to

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Getting Started With Google Glass Development Using Ruby, the Mirror API and Heroku

While Google Glass is a Android device, you don’t need to be an Android developer to start to create apps for it. What is the Mirror API The Mirror API is a Google API based cloud service that hooks into

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A Sane Oauth Federation Strategy With Doorkeeper in Ruby

There are a lot of articles out there about setting up one server with Doorkeeper to offer Oauth support in Ruby projects. But when you start to get into federating your Oauth credentials across services it turns into the wild

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HTTParty Cookies and Devise

So you are working in Ruby, you like to party, you like HTTP and you like cookies. For many ruby developers the HTTParty is a great way to make http calls from your ruby code to a web service. When

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Using OmniAuth to Authenticate for Doorkeeper

In Ruby, if you want to set up a Oauth provider the Doorkeeper Gem is a popular solution. We had a application where we wanted to provide our end users with a oauth interface for our main authentication/authorization, but delegate

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