Building a Disqus Recent Comments Widget With JavaScript

Recently, I was interested in adding a widget to show the recent Disqus comments on a site. Back in the early days of Disqus they provided an official JavaScript widget but, although it’s still available, it’s officially deprecated.

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Tips for a New Rails Developer

I was recently contacted by a developer who is relatively new into Rails freelancing, and asked me for advice on growing his business. As this is not the first time I’ve been asked about this topic, I thought it would be a good idea to share my thoughts here.

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Fifteen Servers

I’ve always been fascinated by the amount of complexity that can be beautifully hidden on software.

Take, for example, the Site Validator project. Seen from the outside, it’s a simple app: you enter an URL and it scrapes the site and gives you back a report with the HTML and CSS validation errors. But internally, it involves the collaboration of (at least) fifteen servers.

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