• Matenia Rossides

    Integrating Salesforce with Rails and Heroku Connect

    By Matenia Rossides,

    As developers working on a project, we often deal with integrating third party APIs, data storage, and business tools that are outside the scope of our applications. Salesforce provides a powerful business tool which is, more often than not, used by teams outside the development team.

    One task we were recently presented with was to "Create a Rails application around a Salesforce workflow".

  • reinteractive

    A Ruby on Rails app we built took home an award at the worlds biggest accounting show, Accountex!

    By reinteractive,

    We have some very exciting news to kick off your weekend! We are very proud to announce that the app we built for businest® was selected as the overall winner for 'The Small Business App You SHOULD Be Using' in the Accountex Meridian Awards!  

    Each year more than 150 new apps are added to the small business, cloud accounting ecosystem.  The Meridian Awards, created by Accountex, are presented to a prestigious few apps in the accounting technology space who have displayed excellence beyond their peers in a given award category.

  • Kane Hooper

    How do you Successfully Manage a Software Development Project?

    By Kane Hooper,

    A Top MBA Graduate's Experience with Software Development.

    I’ve been with reinteractive now for just over 6 months and it has been both an exciting experience and quite a learning curve.

  • Rachelle LeQuesne

    Our First Ever Code Retreat

    By Rachelle LeQuesne,

    Saturday the 22nd of October was Global Day of Code Retreat. This year, reinteractive brought Code Retreat to Adelaide.

    Code Retreat is an all-day intensive coding practice, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. It is a non-denominational event and coders from all disciplines and all experience levels are welcome.

  • Ildikó Tuck

    What exactly is a UX review? Do we need it?

    By Ildikó Tuck,

    Lately, I’ve received a few questions about what a user experience review / heuristic review or evaluation / UX expert review is and isn’t and when it’s a good idea to have one. I thought I’d share a few of the questions and answers on what it is, what you can expect from it and roughly what sort of commitment it requires from a businesses’ viewpoint.

    Let’s start with the common element in all three of the above-mentioned names for it. Yes, it’s a review. It evaluates an existing system against best-practices in the industry. It is performed by an expert in user experience design or Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and results in a report with key findings and action items that you can use to improve your product. It’s a so-called “inspection method” because it doesn’t involve users but it is based on principles derived from watching users interact with online systems. It results in a list of issues found and ranked by severity - usually a scale of 5 (minor, low, moderate, high, critical), but some UX designers use a different system.

  • Sameera Gayan

    Using Ionic2 with GeoLocation and WeatherAPI

    By Sameera Gayan,

    ✏️ This blog post uses ionic 2.0.0-rc.o

    In my previous article, I gave a basic overview about ionic2 and its features. Now it is time to go beyond that and build something that actually works.

  • Andrew Jennings

    Ruby on Rails, Phoenix and the internet

    By Andrew Jennings,

    Many people are drawn to new shiny things rather than focussing on things that are robust and reliable. Currently, there are many, many JavaScript frameworks that are vying for attention and another new awesome framework comes out every 3 months. It's in most developers nature to chase after the latest greatest technology. So what is good for business? Should you be chasing the latest new technology? Why did we choose Ruby on Rails five years ago, and what are the very good reasons to stick with Ruby on Rails in the foreseeable future?

    Ruby on Rails came out about 10 years ago as the "first" MVC (Model View Controller) architecture, database out of the box web framework. MVC architecture meant that any Ruby on Rails developer would know what a custom application was doing because they knew where to look. Having a database out of the box allowed lots of developers to get an application up and running fast because they didn't have to work through the barriers of setting up a database connection. Before Rails, the option was 'spaghetti' PHP applications which had in turn killed off most of the Perl applications that started the internet revolution.

  • Rachelle LeQuesne

    How to Install Rails on Windows in Less Than Ten Minutes

    By Rachelle LeQuesne,

    In three years of Installfest, there is one thing that is guaranteed to strike fear in the hearts of our dedicated mentors: a Windows user having difficulty with their install. Well, it did up until now...

    I have been lucky in Brisbane to have a wonderful mentor, Freibuis, who travels all the way from the Gold Coast to help out. Not only is he a great mentor, he is a bona fide out-of-the-closet Windows enthusiast with a background in ops! Almost too good to be true. :-)

  • Andrew Jennings

    Derisk your Software Development Project

    By Andrew Jennings,

    The hands down best thing to do before building your next software project is to invest in a set of rapid prototypes. What do I mean by a prototype? Here's an example:

    For those of you who are too scared to click on the link I salute you for your security paranoia and offer the following description: A prototype is an interactive, clickable schematic structure of your final product and represents the experience the users will have with your application.

  • Rachelle LeQuesne

    Ruby on Rails Installfest Hits 1,000 Participants!

    By Rachelle LeQuesne,

    In April 2013 we hosted our very first Ruby on Rails Installfest in Sydney. Since then it has gone from strength to strength.

    For the first two years we held regular Installfests in Sydney and Melbourne. And in 2015 we hosted the first Brisbane event to record numbers. Later that year we included Adelaide in the schedule. Next month we are excited to be hosting our very first Perth event. Installfest is now Australia-wide - woohoo!