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Foundation
Episode #417Jun 16, 201365 comments

Foundation

ZURB's Foundation is a front-end for quickly building applications and prototypes. It is similar to Twitter Bootstrap but uses Sass instead of LESS. Here you will learn the basics of the grid system, navigation, tooltips and more. (11 minutes)
Ember Part 2
Episode #410Mar 12, 201343 comments

Ember Part 2

Here we continue our look into Ember.js. First we add a JSON API to persist the entries through ember-data. Then we finish up the project by adding a computed property and a view object. (14 minutes)
Active Model Serializers
Episode #409Mar 09, 201347 comments

Active Model Serializers

The ActiveModel::Serializers gem can help you build JSON APIs through serializer objects. This provides a dedicated place to fully customize the JSON output. (10 minutes)
Ember Part 1
Episode #408Mar 04, 201391 comments

Ember Part 1

Ember.js is a javascript framework for making rich client-side applications. In the first part of this two part series I show how to setup templates, controllers, and routes. (15 minutes)
Public Activity
Episode #406Feb 13, 201381 comments

Public Activity

Learn how to easily add a user activity feed using the public_activity gem. Here I show both the default setup using model callbacks and a manual way to trigger activities. (10 minutes)
AngularJS
Episode #405Feb 05, 2013166 comments

AngularJS

AngularJS is an awesome framework for easily creating rich, client-side applications. Its powerful bindings allow you to do a lot with very little code. Here I show how to integrate Angular with a Rails app. (16 minutes)
Importing CSV and Excel
Episode #396Dec 08, 201297 comments

Importing CSV and Excel

Allow users to import records into the database by uploading a CSV or Excel document. Here I show how to use Roo to parse these files and present a solution for validations. (10 minutes)
Tree-Based Navigation (revised)
Episode #162Dec 01, 201213 comments

Tree-Based Navigation (revised)

If your Rails app is content-heavy, consider organizing it in a tree menu structure. Here I show how to add top-level tabs, nested links in a side bar, and breadcrumbs to go up the hierarchy. (10 minutes)
A Tour of State Machines
Episode #392Nov 17, 201225 comments

A Tour of State Machines

Here I show how three popular state machine gems can be used to clean up a list of boolean/datetime fields. I also show a custom solution which keeps track of the history of events. (12 minutes)
Testing JavaScript with PhantomJS
Episode #391Nov 07, 201220 comments

Testing JavaScript with PhantomJS

PhantomJS allows us to test JavaScript without going through a browser window. Here I show how to do this using Capybara and Poltergeist. I also give some tips on handling database transactions and skipping javascript tests. (10 minutes)