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Sometimes we find interesting things we'd like to share. Other times we come up with interesting things on our own. This is where those things live.

  1. Congratulations to Rocket Fuel

    Recently, one of our biggest clients, Rocket Fuel, went public. It looks like they’re doing pretty well:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/21/us-rocket-fuel-ipo-idUSBRE98J0JR20130921

    Cheers to Rocket Fuel!

  2. Backbone Relationships

    On almost every project where we use backbone (which is most of them), we inevitably come across the following problem: How do we mirror the has_one and has_many relationships (that Rails does so well) on the client with backbone?

    We’ve evaluated several available options, but haven’t found much success.  Backbone.Relational gets slow with large data sets and is a huge memory leak, unless you manage it.  backbone-associations just isn’t powerful enough to cover most of our use cases.

    Last week, I decided to roll my own solution: backbone-relationships.  It has worked extremely well for most of our uses cases (see the README), which are shipping data from the client to the server.  It still needs to be built out to handle the nested_attributes situations, but we’re waiting for a use case to drive that.  Give it a try!  Let us know what you think!

  3. Rocket Whale Art

    We had some cool art drawn up for us by the amazing artist behind our t-shirts and I thought it’d be a good idea to show off some of his work.  Here are the results, all framed and everything!

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    Wouldn’t this look great on a kid’s t-shirt?  Some day…

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    Our current t-shirt design looks fantastic as a sketch!

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    No, he’s not high, he’s just sleepy. Like me, the Rocket Whale is not a morning person (whale).

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    How does his body fit in the rocket? Magic, I think…

    @tom_odea

  4. Atlanta Ruby Users Group Presentation Slides

    We had an awesome time presenting at ATLRUG last night!  There wasn’t an empty seat in the house.  As promised, here are the slides from our presentation:

    Ruby 2.0

    Push Server

    Hope everyone enjoyed the presentation, t-shirt tweet-contest and free beer!  If you’re interested in becoming a Rocket Whaler…we’re hiring.

  5. Score a shirt at the ATL RUG Meetup

    Tonight at the Atlanta Ruby User Group meetup, our very own Sam Duvall will be talking about the exciting new changes in Ruby 2.0 along with a tutorial on push servers. We’ll also be giving away a few of our spectacular hot-off-the-press t-shirts. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be sponsoring some drinks afterwards at Cypress St. Pint & Plate.

    Sounds good, right? Great. Come get nerdy with us.

  6. Merry Holichristkwanzukkah!

    'Tis the season! Rocket Whale is a sponsor of HypeElephant, the first ever Hypepotamus winter seasonal event dedicated to bringing cheer and laughter to all attendees. There will be plenty of egg nog and munchies for all - so get off your keyster and come have a good time with us!

    For the gift exchange, bring an undesirable gift of any shape or size (suggested range of $10-15). The only requirement is that you must wrap it and create a handcrafted gift tag denoting you as the giver. Prizes are available for:

    • Most Amazing Gift Tag
    • WTF? Gift (most undesirable)
    • Best Hippo-Related Gift

    Sounds fun, right? Register here.

  7. Our First Oversized Check Goes To…

    … Adam Harrell of Nebo Agency for his referral of Ben Robinson, Rocket Whale’s new UX Designer. After working with him at Nebo, Adam knew Ben’s popular catchphrases such as “don’t botch this” and “I haven’t eaten lunch since yesterday” would go over nicely at Rocket Whale. Adam said the $500 will be funding shots at the Nebo company Christmas party. Whether he’s serious or not, it sounds like a sweet party!

    Here is a Minimum Viable Photo of the exchange. For our next referral sprint, I think we’ll use a real camera. Beware the demon eyes!

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    Want in on this action? Refer someone for our open software engineer positions and I’ll hand deliver an over-sized check for $1000 to you!

  8. How to get a UI/UX Design Job: Step 1

    Rocket Whale is hiring a UI Architect/Designer to lead the product design of our headline client’s new flagship web app. After going through many resumes and applications, I wanted to provide some advice to any UX professionals that are looking for challenging work at interesting companies. If you want boring work with boring people, then you need not proceed.

    Your resume is a landing page of you from a professional perspective and you should design it as such. The purpose of a landing page is to give high-level details that entice users to dig deeper. Likewise, your resume’s goal is to get a phone call, not to get hired.

    As a UI/UX professional, you have the baked-in skills necessary to create a resume with a great user interface. Use these skills to your advantage! If you cannot design a simple, user-friendly landing page for yourself, a topic of which you have intimate domain knowledge, why would I expect that can do this for a much more complex project of which you’ll start with little to no domain knowledge? Your resume is the only design project that is guaranteed to be looked at by the company that wants to hire you!

    So how do you go about this? Use the standard customer discovery process. Talk to potential users (HR, hiring managers, etc.) at companies similar to those you want to work at and understand what is important to them. Create an MVP, test it with users and iterate until the design is complete. Measure your success, reach out for feedback when you don’t get to the next step of the hiring process and tweak as necessary. Not only will this give you a resume that stands out, it’ll give you a great story to tell when you interview. Beep bop boop, job search over.

    To help get you started, this is what we’re interested in learning about at the resume stage:

    • Do your personal and professional goals align with the position we are hiring for?
    • Do you have the skills necessary for the position? If not, are you capable of learning them and are you excited to do so?
    • Do you have results that back up what you say you can do?
    • And, most importantly for a UI/UX professional, can you communicate all of this in a simple, organized, elegant and interesting manner?

    Interesting companies (like Rocket Whale!) look for creative people that solve problems in interesting ways. Your resume is a great opportunity to show (not tell) a prospective employer that you can do this right away. Pounce on that opportunity.

    Do you agree? Have you had success with an alternate method? Any additional tips or advice? What are you looking for in a resume?  Let us know in the comments!