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A place for the 'verbs to share their ideas, thoughts and inspiration.

Motivation: reality, acceptance, and ways to improve.

Although everyone lacks motivation at one time or another, an occasional motivation lapse is the most anyone is generally willing to confess to his or her peers. Unfortunately, that is not reality. If honest about it, people regularly fail to accomplish all that they are capable of, if only they had enough motivation. Most people do not hold themselves accountable for their motivational shortcomings. Acknowledging and holding oneself accountable for motivational shortcomings is a necessary step to achieving one’s highest potential in all aspects of life. After one acknowledges his or her shortcomings, he or she can look at ways of facilitating his or her own motivation, which can improve happiness and performance. An agile development approach can help not only be efficient with business procedures, but also enhance motivation.
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Ensuring Data Integrity with Ruby on Rails

While you can always fix a bug, you cannot always recover of inconsistent data.

In this blog post, I’ll describe some practices and techniques I use to prevent inconsistent data from silently ruining your companies’ most valuable asset: its database.
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Hiring Developers: A Guide for Recruiters

Over the summer, I was invited to speak with the recruiting team at the S.I Systems Vancouver office. I popped in and delivered a lunch and learn style presentation with the goal of helping their team better distinguish top-tier developers from the not-so-top-tier developers. Recruiters constantly face this challenge, and given most of recruiters have little to no programming background, it is necessary to address to the issue. Below is an excerpt from the presentation.
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Active Admin 0.5.0 has been released!

It’s been a long time since we released a new version of Active Admin. There were always this nice-to-have-in-the-next-gem feature or bug fix that pushed away the release of the 0.5.0 version for months. Anyway, here it is, please welcome Active Admin 0.5.0!
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Building Web Apps with Active Admin

We’ve been building a few web apps using Active Admin with great success. While Active Admin was primarily designed to create application back-ends, it is a great framework for building the customer facing part of Web Applications.
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Determining Presidential Approval using Twitter

Determining the popularity of our elected officials has typically been the responsibility of polling companies who generate the samples, process the data and deliver the reports. The world of polling, however, is changing. Due to the explosion of social media, an abundance of data and inexpensive tools are available to those who want to generate their own conclusions about pretty much anything that generates public information. My friends and I, all enrolled in the same artificial intelligence course at the University of British Columbia, decided to harness this abundant data and our newly aquired AI knowledge to build a system that could determine the popularity of the President of the United States on any given day based on Twitter traffic.
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Active Admin Featured in Ruby OpenSource Challenge

The REVERB team is absolutely thrilled to have Active Admin featured as the OpenSource project in the Ruby OpenSource Challenge! As REVERB’s founder Greg Bell is Active Admin’s creator, the Ruby OpenSource Challenge crew appointed him Chief of the Expert Panel for the Challenge. He will assist in the final judging after the Challenge ends on July 31st and, in an interview with RubyOSC, he offered some great insight and advice on what to focus on as a competitor.
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Emily Key Featured on

Congratulations to REVERB Co-Founder, Emily Key, for being featured on YEDaily – Young Entrepreneur Daily.

Checkout the full interview “YEDaily: Emily Key” at

Hackathons: Are Quality Web & Mobile Apps Built in a Day?

While hackathons are proving to be very trendy, I often worry that (our clients in particular) expectations of what professional software developers can deliver in 48 hours will become unrealistic.
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Active Admin 0.4.1 Released

Yesterday, we launched Active Admin 0.4.1. I haven’t officially posted since releasing Active Admin 0.3.0, so I thought it was about time to rundown some of the new features and enhancements in Active Admin.
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