1. Ember Components and WAI-ARIA

    As developers, we are often encouraged to make our web applications “accessible”. But what does that mean? What makes our applications “inaccessible” in the first place? Here’s what the W3C has to say on the matter:

    Dray Lacy Dray Lacy
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  2. Mocking ActiveRecord with ActiveMocker

    When testing Rails applications, two of the most significant performance bottlenecks are accessing the database and loading Rails itself. RSpec Mocks and other mocking frameworks give us the tools to avoid these bottlenecks by allowing us to mock our Rails models, but doing so can be tedious.

    Matt Schultz Matt Schultz
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  3. Meet Envy: Nate Bibler

    In this ongoing series, the Envy blog is showing what makes our team the best in the industry. From designers to developers to support staff, we want you to get to know our amazing team, what makes them tick and hear why they’re so passionate about their work and role at Envy. Last month, you were introduced to one of our great designers, Ayana Campbell. This month, we spoke with co-founder of Envy and Development Director Nathaniel Bibler.

    Jason VanLue Jason VanLue
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  4. How to Systematically Pick Fonts

    Selecting the right typeface is a rather arcane practice. Without the “secret knowledge,” the decisions you make picking type have no clear right or wrong outcome save for impressing or disappointing those grouchy mystics people call typographers.

    Drew Powers Drew Powers
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  5. Wrapping Third-Party Libraries in AngularJS

    One of my favorite things about AngularJS is that it provides several useful mechanisms for wrapping third-party code. That said, there are so many ways to do it that it’s not always obvious which one to use. Should I call this third-party library directly from a controller? Abstract it into a directive? Wrap it in a service? Or some combination of all three? The answer, as you’ve probably already guessed, is “it depends.” Let’s take a look at some examples.

    Mark Kendall Mark Kendall
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  6. Meet Envy: Ayana Campbell

    In a new ongoing series, the Envy blog is showing what makes our team the best in the industry. From designers to developers to support staff, we want you to get to know our amazing team, what makes them tick and hear why they’re so passionate about their work and role at Envy. First up: meet Ayana Campbell.

    Jason VanLue Jason VanLue
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  7. Active Record and the SRP

    If you look at a lot of Rails apps, you’ll start to see some patterns emerging. One that pops up frequently is models that have grown way beyond their pants size. They told us to keep our controllers skinny and move all that fat into the models, but this doesn’t solve the problem. The fat hasn’t gone away, it’s just moved it to a different directory in the codebase.

    Tyler Hunt Tyler Hunt
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  8. RailsDiff’s Rewrite

    TL;DR RailsDiff is now an Ember app, built using Ember CLI, and it gets its data from a new API built using Sinatra.

    Jacob Swanner Jacob Swanner
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  9. Prototyping with InVision

    With prototyping applications popping up on every corner of the internet, I thought it’d be neat to share the process we use at Envy. Gone are the days of carpet bombing a Basecamp thread with a series of comps or a multi-page PDF. Now we can easily create interactive prototypes that communicate functionality, interactions, and design details to clients better than static solutions ever could. Never again should you have to answer “Why can’t I click on this?”

    Tim Dikun Tim Dikun
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  10. Tuning Slow Images with DevOps

    In an earlier article, Drew Powers described one significant way to optimize your website’s perceived performance by focusing on optimizing the images which are being delivered. This is incredibly important, because even if the client receives the HTML from your application in only milliseconds, if it takes several additional seconds for the client to download image assets then that can cause your application to simply feel slow.

    Nathaniel Bibler Nathaniel Bibler
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