Marko Anastasov wrote this on June 4, 2015

Our First Hackathon

On May 30 and 31st we organized the first Rendered Text web hackathon. Five teams of students from Novi Sad, Belgrade and Niš competed in developing a static code analysis web application for Elixir, using Elixir of course. They didn’t know the language or the objective prior to coming to the hackathon, as we held it as a surprise.

The hackathon was a big success: for 24 hours the teams worked hard to show what they can do, met fellow hackers and had some fun. We just enjoyed helping them do all that. The iPads went to good hands: the winning app can tell you a few basic things about the coding style and function complexity in a snippet of Elixir source code.

Rendered Text Hackathon

The 30 hours later picture

Keeping an Open Mind

Telling people to program in a functional, dynamic language which they’ve never used before is simply our idea of fun. It’s what we’d like to do on a hackathon ourselves.

Most of the software companies in Serbia are quite conservative when it comes to using and exploring new platforms. The term “new” in this context is relative: many regard Python and Ruby as new, even though they’re over 20 years old. This feeds back into the local education system, creating an environment in which students are often trapped in a closed mindset.

We believe the opposite — that during your studies is a great time to try very different things. This helps you discover what’s possible, try various programming languages, stack levels and paradigms. You also get to know and compare communities and start getting a sense of what is happening in the industry. For this reason we decided to make this hackathon an opportunity to work with something previously unknown. Darko wrote earlier about what makes Elixir particularly interesting. It has grown to version 1.0 since then and Phoenix has become a fully functional web framework.

“The topic was interesting and the atmosphere great. We never programmed in a functional language, so learning Elixir was both interesting and a big challenge. With a little more experience, you could use Elixir and Phoenix to build quite powerful things in a simple way,” said Marko Papić from the winning team.

Congratulations to all teams for the work and effort they put in!

You can view more photos from the hackathon here.

Marko Anastasov wrote this on February 18, 2015

Semaphore in DZone's 2015 Guide to Continuous Delivery

Many thanks to DZone for including Semaphore again in its annual report on continuous delivery, recognizing Rendered Text as a featured vendor.

DZone’s Guide to Continuous Delivery is a a premium resource focused on continuous integration and DevOps management trends, strategies, and tools. It gives an overview of continuous delivery practices and how continuous delivery affects many aspects of an organization.

You can download a free copy of the guide here.

Marko Anastasov wrote this on January 27, 2015

Photos from Rails Girls Novi Sad #1

Last weekend we co-organized the first Rails Girls event in our town.

Rails Girls Novi Sad #1

View more photos from the first Rails Girls Novi Sad in our Flickr album.

It was a great pleasure to introduce these curious girls to Ruby on Rails and the world of programming in general. They were only a fraction of those who applied to attend, so we’re looking forward to repeating this event and sharing the joy of coding again.

For news about future events, you should follow @RailsGirlsNS and @RenderedText on Twitter, or subscribe to our events RSS feed.

Marko Anastasov wrote this on July 4, 2014

Redesigned: The New RenderedText.com

This week we’re very excited that we launched a brand new design of renderedtext.com.

Our website looked like this for a very long time:

It was a great representation of us back around 2009-2010: a small and lean team doing full service web development. The layout was optimized for a few pages as they were conceived at the point of design and while we loved it, it was not flexible enough for new content ideas. As a result everything but the blog has eventually become out of date.

The new site looks like this:

The first thing you see is us, as our goal was to tell you more about who we are.

Nowadays there are always some events which we are either organizing or attending, places where you can meet us. So we are introducing a new section for events, with it’s own RSS feed which you can subscribe to. Our blog feed remains the same, however the fate of FeedBurner is questionable so we now encourage you to subscribe directly to renderedtext.com/posts.atom.

Visually, we looked for style over fashion. A layout that is simple, text-driven, pleasant to read and free from elements which look cool only to become passé soon.

We hope you like the new design. Our sincerest thanks goes to Superawesome for the collaboration on design and Nikola Bradonjić for photography. And to you — for listening.

Marko Anastasov wrote this on May 16, 2014

base-app and admin_view work with Rails 4

I just released admin_view 0.3 and tagged base-app at a point where they both work great with the latest Rails 4 (4.1.1 to be precise).

base-app is the Rails application template we use to jumpstart new projects. It includes the full BDD stack set up and a number of helpful gems configured to work out of the box.

admin_view is a small code generator that can create a nice Bootstrap-friendly admin interface for existing Rails models. In our practice we almost always want to be able to access some data from the database with a domain-specific twist. This gem helps us get the data immediately and the flexibility to customize whatever we need.

Marko Anastasov wrote this on May 15, 2014

Rails Girls Belgrade 2014 Applications Open

Just like last year, Rendered Text is supporting a Rails Girls event in Belgrade with mentorship.

The goal of Rails Girls is to give tools and a community for women to understand technology and build their ideas. This is done through a two-day workshop where women with no programming experience create a simple Rails web application.

The event will take place on May 31st and June 1st. More information (in Serbian) and how to apply is at railsgirls.com/beograd.

Please spread the word if you’re in the area. Feedback from last year was great and we’re looking forward to helping this year’s participants learn something new.

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