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WebDriver Testing Fun Times: When Threes Didn’t Exist


~2 months ago by Laura Robb on Atomic Spin.
Programming is fun. Really, it is. But occasionally, it will test you more than you’re testing it. There are those times when your patience might...

Make Monkey Patching in Ruby Less Risky with Refinements


~2 months ago by William Shawn on Atomic Spin.
Ruby makes it easy to extend its built-in classes, which can be very convenient and lead to more readable code—but it can also be dangerous. This practice...

Practices for Harnessing SCSS with React


~2 months ago by Bryan Elkus on Atomic Spin.
We have been hard at work on a client project using React. We haven’t made our way to implementing CSS Modules yet, but we’ve established a set of...

Unit Testing Phoenix Controllers with Mox


~2 months ago by Aaron King on Atomic Spin.
As the ecosystem for Elixir matures more and more, there are some libraries that seem particularly promising to me. One of them is Mox, a simple but powerful...

Development Accelerants


2 months ago by Tom Liao on Atomic Spin.
“A substance used to accelerate a process” – Merriam-Webster dictionary entry for “Accelerant” Most people working in development teams have experienced...

How Learning Software Is Like Learning Chinese


2 months ago by Lydia Cupery on Atomic Spin.
During college, I showed up in Beijing with only a couple of elementary Chinese classes under my belt and took a placement test. It had a “tell us about...

Stranger Things Alphabet Wall, Part 2: MQTT in the Upside Down


2 months ago by Jaime Lightfoot on Atomic Spin.
Yesterday, we created the hardware, decorations, and Neopixel software for a DIY alphabet wall from Stranger Things. But what if one of your friends gets...

Make Your Own “Stranger Things” Alphabet Wall


2 months ago by Jaime Lightfoot on Atomic Spin.
I recently got on the Stranger Things bandwagon, by which I mean that I binge-watched Season 1 in one weekend… and then I recreated the “alphabet...

Need to Install Tools on Windows? Use Scoop


2 months ago by Matt Behrens on Atomic Spin.
On a recent project, I needed to bring our source tree over to a Windows system in order to do some testing and light development there. Windows development...

The Guide to Being a Pessimistic Designer


2 months ago by Kyle Harris on Atomic Spin.
Whether it’s marketing, advertising, web design, or software, designers as a whole have gotten a reputation for being a bit too optimistic. We are...