We had a busy week. According to the plans, three important events have been held in two days. There was Soap! conference where we could meet interesting people and listen to the lectures. This event was organized in Hub:Raum in Cracow. 2 days (Thursday & Friday) we were tracking the great event for all mobile applications geeks – Mobiconf. The last one was Meetup organized by Innovation Nest.
Hi there! We are Railwaymen. Did you ever wonder about our name? We tell you a short story now.
Once upon a time…oh, sorry it’s not this kind of tale. There is a moment in life of all of us, when we have to choose our way. We choosed technology Ruby on Rails. Why? That is really simple. Ruby is a simple and dynamic programming language focused productivity. Its true magic is hidden in clear and concise syntax that is natural and easy to write. Reflective and object-oriented allows us to deliver projects on shorter deadlines without compromising on the quality of work. We are the best software development engineers to hire when it comes to Ruby on Rails technology. You see the word play now? We are railing brilliant ideas to you, we are Railwaymen.
You find it interesting to hear about our job? You would like to hear more. Ok! Here you are. We provide the mobile software too!
Do you like iPhone? Of course you do! We make apllications in iOS system which you can buy or get free in App Store. Smartphone is not only one device for that we craft. If you would like to have stunning solution for your iPad, we surely provide it.
Still want some more information?
Ok! Of course we use Android too! Did you see the picture with green Android eats Apple? We like Android and we eat only fresh Apples. One of our main project that uses this technology is software for restaurants and bars. We are so proud that the clients appreciate our work.
As you see, we are a team of poeple who enjoy their job. Sometimes we do other things, and one day we met up in the morning to show the world that we are the best developers in the world!
Babysitting is a special kind of a job. It is not only an opportunity to enjoy the company of children but also this is the requirement if you want to be good at it. It is much easier when you know that children like you, and you can develop a relationship with them successfully. Play and talk with them, ask questions or just having great time in their company.
Babysitting a very young child requires also some training, patience and understanding. Sometimes it is necessary to have license or testimonials, when you are an experienced babysitter. It is very responsible occupation. Never leave children alone. No matter what happens, your job, as a babysitter requires to have an eye on them in their home, during all the time you spend together.
We have mentioned about few important things about being babysitter. On the other side of the baby there are parents.
What connect children, parents and babysitters? The place where they can find each other!
We are talking about very useful web platform created by Railwaymen that is called Babysitters America. It is a nationwide, online matching service that helps families and nannies to search and find in a safe way.
The web app provides advanced search engine to establish the most suitable cooperation between both searching sides. Of course registration and filling the necessary data is required, when you want to join and use Babysitters America. When you are a nanny it is important to give information about your experience that parents can easily check on your profile. The platform is also a simple job searching service for caregivers.
The web app Babysitters America is based on Ruby on Rails technology. It is one of the three main technologies that Railwaymen uses in the projects. Other solutions that we have used are: HTML5, CSS3, Haml, Sass, jQuery, PostgreSQL, Sphinx, EC2, S3, SES, EBS, Nginx
We have to point that this project was one of our favourite. Check how it works on Babysitters America!
To see our other Ruby on Rails projects check Railwaymen.org
Last week we have visited Kielnarowa, a small village nearby Rzeszów. Between meadows and forest, in Centre for Tourism and Recreation WSISiZ InternetBeta conference was held. We arrived on Wednesday 10th of September in early morning, just in time to watch the first speech. This was unique time when representatives of various fields and industries related to the Internet and new technologies meet in one place to discuss many important issues concerning their jobs and conducted projects. It is really amazing that there is so many people to whom the web is the natural environment to work.
The InternetBeta Conference is a kind of special bridge between marketers, investors, interactive and advertising agencies, application developers and startups.
People come there for the great content of the speeches and also to establish new contacts and in a good atmosphere. It is clear that integration is an important element of this conference. Evening parties after all days of speecjes are unique, and new friendships are made during those meetings.
InternetBeta inspires, helps broaden horizons and provide a meeting place for interesting people.
This year we could meet 87 lecturers. Among them we could here speech of Paweł Tkaczyk that open InternetBeta Conference. Paweł Sala from Freshmail told about importance of big data: “Big data – big problem or big chance” and Roman Lodziński was talking many ways of working on the online business. Yuri Drabent learnt how to use social media channels to handle unusual campagnies even if we think it is not a good idea. On the other hand it is really good that some of the lecturers provided their speech on slideshare.net, but it is pitty that the speeches weren’t recorded. Many would like to get back to them.
InternetBeta 2014 is behind us. Now, we are wating until next year. We hope, that it will be also exciting, full of knowledge and innovation conference!
Connection between television and Internet is nothing special today. We can choose from the offer of many digital media players. One of them is Chromecast, device powered by Google.
It is a media streaming adapter, that turns HDMI-equipped television into an app-driven smart TV. It works very easy with smartphones, tablets (both iOS, Android) and laptops. It seems that this is really inexpensive Google’s answer for Apple TV.
The main advantage is its size. Chromecast looks a little bit as a bigger pendrive. It is 72 mm long. The other one is its price. You can buy it spending just £30 that makes it really competitive for Apple device.
Chromecast plugs directly into TV, and connects to the Wi-Fi network.
User chooses what to watch on another device (smartphone, tablet or laptop), and then through Chromecast displays it directly on TV. it has no real interface of its own, that means another device has to manage what to stream.
To use this small digital media player, it is necessary to install the app Chromecast on the device that is the kind of remote. The integration is smooth across both the iOS and Android system. Additionally, there is a possibility to download another app – Photowall that allows to watch photo galleries.
Powered by Google Chromecast is for sure an unusual device. It is available for purchase online in the US since last year (2013). In March 2014 Google released it to 11 new markets outside of the US.
Today we would like to tell you about one of our completed mobile project. The Entrepriseappen is both iOS and Android application that Railwaymen made with pleasure for the Norwegian company Berngaard / Sandbek. This is the another important experience for us, when we design and create the same application for two different systems.Our client presented us the requirements and the conditions very clearly that are necessary to work with this tool properly. Our team overworked solution that meet all standars. The app is created mainly for the enterpreneurs from the constraction sector including contractors, building experts and craftsmen. The Entrepriseappen allows users to manage many kind of projects and we can say it is very useful managing tool that improves work and cooperation between contarctors and customers.
One of its functionalities are easy and quick notifications to the clients in developed projects, including attachments like photos. There is a possibility to notify all the changes, delays, time extensions as well as payment adjustments right from the smartphone.Keep track of customers, projects and alerts directly from construction site. The app also automatically generates e-mail with notification form.
As the programming team we work with several managing tools that allows as to built really useful and functional application.
Railwaymen made the app for the Norwegian market and it can be used regardless of the Norwegian Standards in construction industry.
Last days were very productive in our office. We don’t have on our minds only the number of new projects and work, but also our free time, which we decided to spend together. We played a small football tournament at our soccer table. Many of us trains every day how to score the goal successfully. Some of our Ruby on Rails developers had the good moment to show how great competitors they are!
Before we have started the game we settled the rules. We played in two groups A and B. There were five teams in each group.
The game has started at 5 PM. We had all evening to spend it together. There were some suggestions how to code the game in ruby to make it easier to win, but at last we have chosen the traditional way!
To make the players stronger we ordered many kinds of very good pizza! The feast and the draw for the first Railwaymen Cup has opened the event.
After three hours of exciting moments, connected sometimes with music, we met the winners: Tomek, Ruby on Rails developer and Lukasz, iOS developer, won all games and whole tournament.
We hope that edition 1.0 was the first Railwaymen event, where Ruby on Rails, iOS and Android developers meet together to make one big team in fair play games.
How many times did you consider what to buy? An iPhone with iOS or maybe a smartphone with Android? Let’s see what the latest research conducted by Strategy Analytics gives us.
Data for the second quarter of 2014 show the increasing dominance of Android in the market of mobile operating systems.
Statistics provided by Strategy Analytics leave no illusions. The world loves Android and buys it. The system was installed on the 84,6% of all sold smartphones in the above mentioned period.
The position of Android on the global market seems to be unthreatened. Probably due to the big number of devices manufactured by many companies around the world.
Few Android facts:
– a mobile operating system developed by Google
– designed for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers
– used also in game consoles, digital cameras and other
– Android’s source code is released by Google under open source license
– Android is popular technology in the companies which require a ready-made, low-cost and customizable operating system for high-tech devices
The operating system’s success has made the so-called “smartphone wars” between technology companies – mainly iOS vs Andoroid.
Google provides upgrades to Android. The latest release is Android 4.4 “KitKat”.
One of the apps using Android is the POSbistro app – an innovative software created by us to support catering point of sales. It is a dedicated tool that improves sales and management in restaurants, bars and pubs.
It’s a wireless solution that allows to manage the sales and monitor the status of the warehouse at the same time, from anywhere in the world.
POSbistro improves and facilitates the restaurant’s activities, and makes the stay in the restaurant more pleasant also for customers. Check the POSbistro website to read more about this amazing solution for restaurants, that uses Android operating system!
This is more than one week now, since “apple war” has begun. #EatApples – the campaign against Russian ban on fruit import. Nowdays there is no need to encourage anybody in Poland to eat apples. An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away. It has become a political statement. Since the business newspaper Puls Biznesu has published an editorial entitled “Stand against Putin: eat apples, drink cider”.
Poland is the world’s largest exporter of apples. The fruit plays a key part in many national dishes, such as apple pie.
To overcome the effects of the embargo, each of Poles should eat per year 4,5 kg of apples more. So let’s start eat or drink!
Additionaly the campaign on social media (Facebook or Twitter) has endorsed and grown up very quickly. Thousands of people are taking a pictures when eating these fruits and publishing with the hashtag #jedzjablka (#eatapples).
During eating apples you can also have them on your smartphones. There are a lot of apps available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone that have been dominated by the fruit.
Let’s check some of them:
1. Snakes and Apples
If you grew up on the Nokia 3310, and your favorite game was Snake, you must try its new version. Snakes and Apples is a game in which you control a snake charming in a way to eat all the apples. But it is not so easy, because apples are numbered, and the snake has to eat them in the right order.
The app is available for all types: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
2. Fruit Ninja
Fruit Ninja is an arcade game for mobile phones. Our goal is to break up the fruit ninja style – a precise cut. Fruit Ninja impresses with its simple but original idea and ensures excellent fun. The game Fruit Ninja is a dangerously addictive.
The app is available for all types: iOS, Android and Windows Phone
For Android users we have something more. Colorblind Apples. This game tests speed of the reaction time! The idea is very simple:
When you read “Color Blue” select an apple that is the color blue. When you read “Text Blue” select an apple that has the text “blue”.
Programmers like to take a longer break far away from their daily lives. They can write a code in the comfortable conditions, for example at the sea coast. Changing a location acts as a refresher. It gives them vitality they need to finish writing the code. The location they choose for the vacation are different and depends on the programmer’s personality. While some of them prefer the sea, others choose rocky mountains. Then there are those who prefer crouded cities. Anyway, when you are a ruby developer, it doesn’t matter where you are, you will need the following smart tips for your work:
1. Operator converts any value on type boolean.
foo = Object.new
2. If you pass a block to File.open method, after that you don’t have to concern about the closing the file. The record is as follows:
file = File.open(“file.txt”, “w”)
is equivalent to:
File.open(“file.txt”, “w”) do |file|
3.Checking quickly the file. rb in terms of syntax without executing it:
ruby -c file.rb
Additional information (for example about assigned but not used variables);
ruby -wc file.rb
Your coding vacation will be really awesome! Warm and sunny August brings all good for #SummerSoftware!