Kickoff Calls for New Projects

When starting a new software development project with a client, it is important to get started on the right foot. The way you communicate with a client at the beginning of a project can set the tone for how communication will be throughout the project.

Therefore, at Ombu Labs, we believe it is crucial to start off every new project with a Kickoff Call, where we can take time to get to know the client's team and speak in depth about their goals and priorities for the project. We like to discuss the following list of topics with clients during our calls:

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Step up the security of your Rails app | Part 1

The internet is a wonderful place, but there will always be people that don't have good intentions when they visit our websites. That's why you need to be aware of the vulnerabilities that your application can have and how to avoid them. In this article I'll cover two common security problems in Rails applications (I'll probably make a second part since this is a very extensive topic).

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Refactoring with Design Patterns - The Template Pattern

In our last article of the refactoring series we saw how design patterns can be used to make our Ruby code beautiful and clean. Design patterns are a powerful tool for any developer and a familiarity with them will lead to better code by forcing a consideration of SOLID principles.

Now let's talk about other pattern that when properly used can be very helpful: The Template Method.

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FastRuby.io: Exit Calls

At Ombu Labs we believe that if we are not learning from our mistakes we are doing it wrong. It is simple: The only unforgivable mistake is to not learn from our mistakes.

That is why we try to incorporate feedback into everything we do. We embrace peer reviews and pair programming as a way to get constant feedback on a daily basis. Even this article had reviews from 3 different people! (https://github.com/ombulabs/blog/pull/154)

Another step that we incorporate into every client relationship is an exit call. This call gives us an opportunity to assess how well we performed.

If we performed well: Great! What can we do more of? If we performed poorly: What can we improve? What can we do to make it better for our next project?

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How we use Pivotal Tracker at Ombu Labs

We tend to use GitHub for everything at Ombu Labs, but sometimes our clients prefer Pivotal Tracker. We have no problem with Pivotal Tracker, we just like to keep everything in one place, that is why we prefer GitHub for everything.

There are many things that are easier with Pivotal Tracker, as long as you are using it the right way. Some of its features are very useful for agile teams like ours. This is how we like to use it to ship value with every sprint and keep track of our velocity.

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Refactoring: Clean your ruby code with design patterns

Code refactoring can be defined as “the process of introducing small and incremental changes to leave the code in a better state than it was.”. When refactoring your code you have to consider two things: no new functionality should be added and the external behavior should not be affected.

One of the biggest challenges as a Ruby on Rails Developer is to keep your code clean, simple and easy to maintain and that is why we are always refactoring our code.

There are several techniques that a developer can follow to improve their code by code refactoring, such as extract method, move method, move field, switch statements, etc. If you are not familiarized with them, please visit the Refactoring Guru site.

Another technique developers try to follow is to apply good design patterns to their code. In this post we'll try to go over some of the documented design patterns and how you can apply them to your Ruby code.

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