A Business View of Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails

If your company does anything with software on the web (sometimes called “Software as a Service” or SaaS) then you’ve already heard about Ruby on Rails. For smart people with non-IT backgrounds, this post will answer a few key questions:

  • What is Ruby on Rails?
  • Why do you care?
  • How can your company benefit?

Note: A version of this post was originally published by WisdomGroup and re-published by ChicagoRuby.

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MedCity INVEST 2017

We don’t have years, anymore, to make a decision. We have months. Or in some cases, weeks.
~ Bruce Brandes, CEO of Lucro

The MedCity INVEST conference gathers physicians, investors, engineers, and entrepreneurs with a shared interest: Everyone is striving to improve healthcare. The event is produced by MedCity News. Investors arrive in search of their next ROI engine. Startup CEOs with eclectic backgrounds pitch bold ideas. The conversations are rich.

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Lessons from Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger

I like the idea of artificial intelligence because we’re so short of the real thing.
~Charlie Munger

The Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting combines business education, entertainment, shopping, and fellowship into one weekend-long event. Chairman Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger have held the gathering every year since 1966. This year’s meeting, held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, attracted over 38,000 participants. Omaha’s CenturyLink Center was filled to the rafters.

What draws people in? I think it’s a combination of straight talk, savvy humor, and a shared mission.

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Technology in a Flat World

The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman

Change is Real

Change has always been with us. When change happens in the business world, companies can either adapt or die.

Flatness Defined

The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman was published in 2005 and rapidly became a bestseller. Friedman defines a flat world as one where intellectual work and intellectual capital can be created anywhere and delivered anywhere.

How does a business decision-maker lead a team to benefit from flatness? A few thought-provoking ideas are presented here.

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Animated Graphics in Ruby

There is nothing like a good problem to spark the synapses, is there? To open the mind to new possibilities, new ways of seeing things. Of course, one must always confront self doubt and fear. But that is a small price to pay for the exhilaration of finding the perfect solution.

~Kurros, Think Tank
 Star Trek Voyager, S5E19

Josh Cheek likes to wrestle with good problems. In a single week, his mind might race between software development, quantum physics, music, and mathematics. Last Friday, Josh tweeted about some of his animated graphics experiments in Ruby. He linked to a GitHubGist with source code for the sine wave animation displayed with this article.

This post lists Josh’s code, along with the steps required to install the dependencies and make the snippet run.

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