Did you already notice? Our Homepage got a new look! It’s already been online for a while…but hey, we just wanted to give you a quick heads up – not only the technical parts and functionalities on our site got some love (we will specifically point them out to you soon) but also the homepage was given a little upgrade. We added new pics and also some descriptions of our most used features. We thought it might be a good idea to give some hints on what awaits users on Tupalo, in addition to the location based data (that most of our visitors come for). Also new are the responsive elements that were added to make it easier to view the standard site on your mobile devices (as an alternative to our mobile apps or our mobile site m.tupalo). More on that soon…stay tuned!
Ruby and Rails
As a project manager I usually don’t code… but of course it is always good to have some knowledge in that area, especially when you are working at a web company (duh!). During the day you pick up a lot of things and hear all different kind of terms and geek speak when listening to your fellow co-workers from development. Backend, frontend, database, method, string, object, unicorns, master, server, commit, pull request… Yeah, sure – I kind of know what all of this is. But, there are a couple of white spaces on the map. And to get the big picture on that topic, white spaces are not very helpful.
I heard about Rails Girls quite some time ago when the TupaBoys attended the Railsberry conference in Krakow and were quite impressed by the Rails Girls presentation Linda Liukas (Co-Founder of railsgirls.com) gave at that occasion. And since the Rails Girls events are currently taking place in different locations all over the world I wanted to be part of it and applied. Thus, last Friday I packed my bags for Zürich and dived into the world of Ruby on Rails. After the installation party on Friday evening and some very useful tips from the coaches, I was totally prepared for the big day.
Last weekend four Tupaleros went to Zürich to take part as coaches and participant at a Rails Girls event. Our “Rails Girls veteran” Consti was joined by Michi and myself (Johannes) as additional coaches at the event and Nina, who participated after she caught the Ruby on Rails virus and decided to get herself into serious & fun web development. Learn more about Railsgirls and Nina’s experience in her post.
Look, that’s Michi giving a lightning talk! (picture by Daniel Puglisi)
It’s great to share your enthusiasm and experience for web-development in Ruby and Rails it’s also a great opportunity to get to know the local Ruby and Rails community and check out their favorite places and venues. I mean, after all we are Tupalo employees ;) Rails Girls Zürich proved to be of especial greatness. The event itself took place at the Hub Zurich, a collaborative space, but more above all, “a space for encounters, exchange and inspiration, full of diverse people doing amazing things”. The Hub is nicely located inside a train viaduct in Zurich’s hip district 5 and it’s part of a global network of collaborative spaces (btw. also has a Vienna branch). Additionally, a big plus for the the superb, diverse (+vegan, +lactosefree) and perfectly organized catering by Koru Lounge+Cafe.
Hi! This weekend I was a coach at the Rails Girls workshop in Munich (@RailsGirls_MUC). Rails Girls aims to open up technology and make it more approachable for women. This edition was the third time I could teach girls all about the wonderful world of Ruby on Rails.
Around 50 girls participated, and the Deutsche Welle was there to film the whole thing. My group made a neat little app to list ideas. It has unicorns. And raptors! I’d greatly recommend anyone to attend a Rails Girls conference, if only for the good vibes and playful learning environment.
The next Rails Girls workshop will take place in Zurich, on the second and third of November. Fellow Tupalo developers Michi, Johannes and I will be coaches there. Rails Girls is free and open to all enthusiastic girls! Apply now, for applications are only open until October 19. And do follow @RailsGirls_ZRH on Twitter for the latest news.