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Poll: Your Worst Design Mistake

OK, it’s time to fess up. I want to hear about your worst design mistake. “Design” in this case can mean visual design, user interface design, product design, code design (software architecture)… basically anything you determined how it’d be made or fit together. I’d like to hear about something that made it to “production,” or […]

Quick note: better archive pages

Hey guys… just got a quick update for ya. The archive / category listing pages have sucked on Slash7 for a long time. Mainly because I was too busy / lazy / annoyed at Liquid to write my own template. Well, I just fixed ‘em up somewhat. They’re not perfect yet; they’ll have excerpts soon. […]

Shameless Self-promotion

This blog really isn’t about me, I know. But I still can’t resist tooting my horn a little, once in a while. I hope it’s not too much of a turn-off. For me… A little web app that I designed made it to Mashable and I just have to brag a teeny tiny bit. I’m […]

Bad Design Case Study: Lush

What better way is there to learn than to look at what you shouldn’t do? Lush isn’t just a nice word for “borderline alcoholic,” it’s the name of a global company. Lush makes its millions selling juicy bath-stuffs, shampoos, lovely soaps, and “bath bombs” which splutter bubbles and foam and tasty smells when dropped into […]

OMG, Prototype Docs!

Prototype users, your days of longing and sexy (and not-so-sexy) nail-biting are over… There’s now an official site. With docs. Yes, docs! Loads of them! Congrats (and a huge thanks!) to all the folks who made it happen.

CoderPath Screencasts

I predict that we’re about to witness the birth of the Rails’ community’s very own “fireside chat.” Entre: CoderPath screencasts. The pitch? Instead of just the screencaster himself speaking, Miles Forrest is interviewing and chatting with others at the same time. Screencast meet interview-style podcast. It’s a sweet idea. (And it doesn’t hurt that they’re […]

How Rails Helped Me Level Up

Pat Eyler is running a Rails-related blogging challenge, in cahoots with Apress. The topic How has Ruby on Rails made you a better programmer? was proposed by Jarkko Laine. How could I resist such a fertile topic? (Psst! The answer is: I can’t!) Among other factoids, Pat and Jarkko are both Slash7 readers and sometimes […]

Drop That Design! 6 Things You Need to Know About Color

Certain color combinations can make your eyes water, others can make your eyes practically leap out of their sockets in delight. Colors can help instill confidence in a product, company, or design—or undermine it. Color can set the mood, or destroy it. Color can make you fit in, or stand out—and it depends on your […]

What do you want?

Aaaand we’re back. Phew! It’s about to be the new year and I want 2007 to be far and away the Year of Slash7. Or at least, the best year so far. I’ve been at work spiffing things up, writing new articles, and so on, but I realized that I may be out of touch […]

Secrets of the Rails Console Ninjas

Have you ever used the Rails console? I’d love to see a show of hands (or comments, really). If not —boy, are you in for a treat. This article has something for everyone from beginners to experts. Learn, laugh, cry, and become a more effective Rails developer. Read the article

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