This is part 1 of a 4 part series explaining how we work at reInteractive.
In this first part, we will go over our software development workflow, and how we use this to work closely with our clients to deliver great software. It won't go into specifics or esoteric terms (we'll save those for another post!) but rather what you can expect during the process.
The team at reInteractive are getting very excited for the upcoming DevelopmentHub, which will be launched in early June. Our top Developers are putting together some awesome articles for Ruby on Rails newbies to work on, and a bunch of tips and tricks for those who are already working on their own applications.
We know how frustrating it can be when you run into a problem in the development process! You can spend hours searching for the answer or an easier way to get things done. Our Developers have been through it before! So, why not join us at the DevlopmentHub, where our Developers will be there, eager to use their knowledge to work with you through those tough problems and get you moving forward!
One of our clients needed to do calculations related to loans. For example, if you reduce the interest rate of your loan by 1.1%, but continue to make the same monthly payments, exactly how much shorter will the loan be? Or, more challengingly, if you're making X monthly payments of $Y to pay off a $Z loan, what effective interest rate are you being charged?
There are well-known mathematical formulas that allow us to answer these kinds of questions. (Installment loans like these are called annuities in finance theory.) We couldn't find a pure-Ruby library that implemented them the way we wanted, so we made a gem: Refinance. We've been using it in production for a while, and we just released version 1.0.0.
Last night, founder of reInteractive, Mikel Lindsaar was invited to speak to the students of Sydney Dev Camp 's first ever course.
His informal presentation gave the new developers the chance to get the most out of it, looking to them for feedback on what they wanted to hear. He shared some of his tips about Ruby gems, the importance of contributing to open-source development, and also gave them some pointers on finding employment in the Ruby on Rails community.
With the success of the launch of reInteractive’s Installfest, there has been an outcry for more training to be delivered by the reInteractive team! For example, Solal Fitoussi, an attendee at the recent InstallFest said it was a “great experience to get a first overview of rails and give you the appetite for more".
We have taken this feedback onboard and set-up a 2 day intensive training course for those who want to know even more about working with Ruby on Rails! By the end of the training you will have the skills and knowledge to start working on your very own Ruby on Rails applications at work or home.
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