Hack the Arts Hackfest – September 23rd

Prove your programming skills alongside hackers, developers, and artists at our upcoming hackfest, Hack the Arts! We are partnering with Rocky Mountain Ruby Conf, Sparkfun, and the Colorado arts community to bring you our next and most creative hackfest to date. Create the next great app, or go code-poet style simply hacking to your heart's content. The rules are simple: teams form night of and the same goes for your code. In three hours or less, you are going to create a web or mobile application in a tech stack of your choosing while accomplishing the challenge for the evening: marrying technology and fine/performing arts.

 

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Introducing Sprintly-Data-Ruby

If you are at all involved in the tech community, you know that API is a major buzzword nowadays. I mean, it makes sense, right? Seeing as how the popularity for one page apps is on the rise, it is in many cases a necessity. Recently it came to the attention of the QL team that we didn’t have a ruby gem to make getting and consuming the Sprintly API an easy task. So, what did we do? You guessed it, as engineers we decided to make one. We're pleased to announce the birth of sprintly-data-ruby.

 

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Startup Colorado’s How to Get Funded

Startup Colorado recently hosted a panel discussion to help startups understand some of the best methods for receiving funding. The panel consisted of Craftsy's CEO and Co-founder, John Levisay, P2Binvestor's CEO and Co-founder, Krista Morgan, and Access Venture Partner's Managing Director, Kirk Holland

In this blog post I'll discuss some of the best advice these three entrepreneurs have for startups looking to get funded.

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Sailing Past Dependency Hell With Docker

Have you ever been excited to tinker with a software project, only to have dependency hell ruin all of the fun? As a software consultant, I face this situation all the time.

Luckily however, technologies like Docker take the pain out of spinning up additional components of your app architecture, like databases or job queues, or installing runtimes like Ruby or Python. By isolating processes from one another with very little overhead, you can sail past dependency hell.

Over the last year, I’ve worked on a number of different projects, encountered lots of of different requirements, and explored all sorts of ways of working through dependency conflicts. This is the story of my search for a solution, the pros and cons of each path I explored, and how I ended up using Docker.

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