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RubyMine – An Integrated Development Environment by JetBrains

June 26th, 2013 Alina Guzman Tech, Web Development 1 Comment

Right before I started the WDI course, I found an IDE for Ruby that people often rave about, and decided to install it.

An IDE (integrated development environment) is a software program that helps developers build software. IDE’s usually include a text source code editor with syntax highlighting, a compiler that takes the source code into a program that executes it and/or an interpreter that runs programs that don’t need to be compiled, as well as a debugger that helps the programmer run through their code and find problem areas. That was a mouth full. In short- IDE’s offer a lot of tools that make your life easier (if your life is all about building web applications!)

What’s the alternative? Well, in our class for example, we write everything using Sublime – a text editor, and run everything through the command line. Sublime IS awesome and is loaded with all sorts of shortcuts that make writing code a pleasure. And the command line works and you can probably do things much faster than you would with a GUI if you’re fast enough. What I do instead…is use RubyMine.

RubyMine is an IDE by JetBrains, which also makes a ton of other software products for almost any language. The more I work with RubyMine, and the further I go into the course, I really see the advantage it gives.

 

Features and benefits of RubyMine

  • The code editor saves a ton of time and auto-completes every code ending. In comparison to Sublime’s TAB key auto-complete, I found the IDE’s version to be much swifter and more accurate.
  • Helps with testing by providing RSpec help (we only briefly touched upon this topic in class so I was happy to see that it is also a feature of the IDE).
  • Works with the Rails framework latest versions
  • Automatically bundle installs anything you specified in Gemfiles
  • Debugs your code in a super easy-to-use interface
  • Works with lots of VCS! Most importantly – Git! Every time I add a local repository through the command line, it adds a root and automatically adds any file changes to tracking! << I’m crazy about this one.
  • And many more that I’m sure I still have no idea about.

 

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Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

June 26th, 2012 Alina Guzman Graphic Design, Tech No comments

I have recently began an extensive researching process to pick out the ultimate portable graphic design laptop. I’ve been debating Mac vs PC for quite some time. While I’ve always been a PC girl, I can definitely see Mac’s advantage for the design world. Whenever I ask anyone, Mac is the most obvious answer they give. But I know a PC computer can be just as great, you just have to find the right build! Or at least tweak it yourself.

I’m leaning towards the new 15″ Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook. It has strong specs and is ridiculously light (about 3 pounds). One of the main programs I’ll be running on it is, of course, Photoshop. Right now I’m using it on an ASUS EEE PC Netbook. Yes, its about as frustrating as you are imagining. It’s no wonder I’m going all out to ensure my next laptop will run all my Adobe Creative Suite programs smoothly.

In light of the enticement of a new laptop, I happily stumbled upon something awesome. I just discovered an amazing (and free) resource for Adobe Photoshop CS5: An Idiots Guide to Photoshop. This 4 part tutorial was written by Azamat “Bohed” E. from TrueKolor.net for the blog MakeUseOf.com. The tutorials range from the complete basics like how to create a document, to the more advanced effects like creating animations. You can download them in either PDF or E-Pub format (for nook, kindle, ipad). I got both versions for my laptop, tablet, and phone (you can never be too prepared).

Here are the links to the tutorials from Makeuseof.com [all of these have 2 versions but you have to take some steps to download them- you can quickly share them on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook and receive the link to download the Epubs]

Here are the links to the tutorials from TrueKolor.net [some of these are PDF only- you can download them by right clicking Save As]

 

Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the downloading process.

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Lightbox discontinued

June 15th, 2012 Alina Guzman Tech No comments

Sadly, Lightbox was discontinued today. Last month, Facebook announced that it was buying out the social Android-only photo sharing application. Existing users like myself were given the option to download all our photos before the site shut down. Thankfully Instagram opened up to the Android population but its still sad to see this app go. Hopefully now the Lightbox team can bring some much needed help to Facebook’s mobile apps; they are ridiculously laggy!

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Android never disappoints

December 20th, 2011 Alina Guzman Photography, Tech 1 Comment

For years now I have been inwardly debating the age old question….Android or Iphone? Well, I’ve had Android from the start. 5 phones later and I’m still here. I have always been a supporter; even my tablet now is an Android! But I keep hearing from the peanut gallery that Iphone is better. Is it really? In terms of tablets, Android wins hands down. My father recently got an Ipad and we have been shamelessly comparing. Theres no file manager, ’nuff said! But in terms of phones? Android wins over customization obviously. But Iphone is really user friendly and is weirdly hip for some reason. Apps like instagr.am probably do it.

My bestie Hikalu has a sick instagram photo collection. I’ve been salivating over it for months and FINALLY have downloaded an Android app that allows me to register with instagram and follow her account. I can’t post any photos but this is a big step in the right direction! Oh yes, in case you all were wondering instagram is an Iphone only application. Developing one for android is apparently in the talks but nothing is happening yet.

Just as I was beginning to doubt Android (well..not really), one of my friends mentions a relatively new app to me; Lightbox. He’s an avid Android supporter, just like I am, so he knew I would appreciate. Lightbox is a social photo sharing app that just debuted an automatic Tumblr-like journal. All you have to do is snap or import a photo, filter it if you’d like, and Lightbox takes care of the rest. It automatically creates a Tumblr-like timeline account for you; here’s mine!; that lets anyone see your photos (if you’ve made them public of course). One of Instagrams major downfalls, in my opinion, is the lock down it holds over people’s accounts. A non Iphone user cannot view a person’s account; on phone or off. Only third party applications make that possible, like the one I just downloaded- Instaroid.

Lightbox is the first Android competitor to the instagram app I’ve taken seriously and I’m sensing it’ll only get more popular with time. There you have it. Just when I was starting to think maybe Android does fall short on some things, I get pleasantly surprised. How can I doubt the software when these genius developers keep coming up with more goodies?

- – - From my Lightbox

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