Friendships in Active Record

While working on Guten Dog my partners and I struggled with adding friendships to our User model via Active Record. For our app we needed to have mutual friendships. That is, Facebook-style friendships where a…

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Getting A Date with Wolfram|Alpha Part II: Creating a vis.js Timeline

Last time I wrote about working with the Wolfram|Alpha API I was strugly to parse dates and store them in a meaningful way. I had hoped that the Ruby wolfram-alpha gem could be coaxed…

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Getting a Date with Wolfram|Alpha (Part I)

This will be the first part in a series of posts about using the Wolfram|Alpha API to parse an English phrase and return a date or range of dates for a historical event, figure,…

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Marky Markov: Generating "Random" Text With Ruby

When I first signed up for Twitter as @skitelman in 2012 I thought I had declared myself the world's greatest Skittle's fan. I would tweet almost exclusively about Skittles and I would use twitter to…

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Born to Dog Run: My Fight With The NYC OpenData Dog Run API

NYC OpenData API Last week I was introduced to the NYC OpenData API and I started poking around. I thought it would be fun to make a little program and see if the past few…

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