Railslove readings #2

We've been building web products and software solutions for over ten years; some of us for much longer. Our developers, designers, marketers or strategists – every individual needs to follow the developments in their field in order to not be just average but a step ahead. And because we love what we do, we want to share what we are reading when we're not in the office.

Here's what you should read:

Marco dived into component based (Rails) architecture.

A component based Rails architecture primer
Component based architecture is complementary to good object oriented practices and uses namespaces, test driven development and Ruby gems to gradually define application boundaries and enforce an internal dependency structure.

Chris wants you to buy this book so you can focus better.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves your attention the most.

Lars appears to be planning to cut a monolith in half...

How do you cut a monolith in half?
The problem with distributed systems, is that no matter what the question is, the answer is inevitably ‘It Depends’.

Micha wrote a whole series of articles to explain Blockchain to those who want to understand the 'how' and the 'why'. [German Language]

Teil I
Teil II
Teil III
Teil IV

What do Gordon Ramsay and the fear of shipping projects too early have in common? Timo found a similarity. And fell even deeper in love with Mr. Ramsay.

The tao of Gordon Ramsay
After a quick look around, Gordon inevitably finds a laundry list of problems — everything from dirty fridges to undercooked food, to terrible service. But there’s one problem that crops up, time and time again: large, unfocused menus.

Chris came across this article about 'flex-grow' and how to implement it in your frontend design so it works out well. And how NOT to do it.

flex-grow is weird. Or is it?
The following is a guest post by Manuel Matuzovic. It illustrates how flex-grow works, weird quirks and all. Then he goes into several examples on how common layout patterns may be implemented using flex-grow and flex-basis.

Tuna on a blockchain – what a world to live in! Stephan wants you to learn how blockchain can be used to track any goods from fish to whatever.

From shore to plate: Tracking tuna on the blockchain
Provenance pilot blockchain technology for tracing yellowfin and skipjack tuna fish in Indonesia from catch to consumer.

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