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CODETUNES

This is CODETUNES, a blog by MONTERAIL, a Ruby on Rails development team.

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Front-trends 2015

Front-trends

These days, being a front-end developer isn’t easy. The time when our work was mostly writing HTML, CSS and some jQuery is long over. Hardly a month passes without a new JavaScript framework, new tools to ease our work, new template engines, new preprocessors, you name it. Is this bad? Well, in some ways it is, but this is more a side...

The story of Angular watchers toggler directive

Genesis

We recently had new clients come to us. They had an application, written in AngularJS, with hard performance issues and heard that we could help them improve it without rewriting half (or more) of the code. I’d like to share the story and solution of one of the problems we encountered. I learned a lot and hope that this post will help people...

6 Tips for a Responsive Angular Application

As a web developer, there inevitably comes a time when we have to add responsiveness to an application. I’ve found some solutions that may help you. Some of them are pretty basic, but I hope you find them to be helpful.

PS. Every example below is written in CoffeeScript, SASS or SLIM.

1. Media queries

This is the simplest solution that everybody...

Running a scientific circle

I don’t know if you knew this, but we run a scientific circle at the Wrocław University of Technology. It all started last summer. We were talking about the number of students who go through higher education not really realising that their career doesn’t have to center around being a Java or C++ programmer in a large corporation.

Not that there...

wroc_love.rb – another solid year

Over the weekend of March 13th–15th, Wrocław hosted another edition of wroc_love.rb – the best Java PHP conference in the Ruby world. Ruby is our life and our love, so showing up here was a no brainer – twelve people from Monterail enjoyed great talks at the Institute of Computer Science. This is short summary of the talks that I enjoyed most.

Let’s talk about Front-End QA

When you’re an experienced front-end developer, it takes just one look and few mouse clicks to judge whether or not the site in your browser is correctly implemented. By working on these problems day after day, you’ll write dozens of lines of HTML/CSS, checking the outcome each time.

Over time some develop an intuition and utilise it effectively...

Time to grow. How we designed our new office

Disclaimer: this story isn’t exactly about our new office, but about values and people. And as much as I realize that this sounds a bit cheesy, that’s the truth.

It starts with me and a decision to make: should I continue my freelance practice or should I join an established group of people and reinvent myself with them.

As much as I loved my independence...

4 Things I’ve Learned as a Product Designer so Far

For a while now, I’ve been one of Monterail’s product designers.

I used to have some startup ambitions in the past, an experience and mindset that turned out to be very useful, but the transition from a developer to a product designer was not that easy. I had to learn. I still have to.

Here are the most important lessons I’ve learned over the last...

ng-europe: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Disclaimer

This post is not an abstract of ng-europe lectures. Instead, the goal is to summarize our experience as participants.

Things are happening

Ng-europe is a conference dedicated directly to Angular JS developers that takes places in Paris. Since Angular is our framework of choice, it grabbed our attention instantly. Being a part of the...