QR Codes in Rails

QR codes are becoming more and more commonplace nowadays, as they represent an extremely quick and convenient way to transmit any long piece of string like a URL. Recently during my company's second Hack Day, my team had to go about dynamically generating QR codes that represented URLs of a…

Running Multiple JDKs on OSX

I often need to have multiple versions of Java installed on my machine. Some projects I work on use an older version of Java (for e.g, 1.6), whilst I also like to dabble with the latest and greatest version to see what features are looming on the horizon…

Marvel's Superheroic REST Api

Recently Marvel comics released a REST api that allows developers to access comic book characters and their associated comics and stories. I know how cool is this! This post will take you through some sample code and show you how to get information back from their API. Here are the…

Leaping into Breakout!

As part of my company's inaugural Hack Day, I decided to finally do something with the Leap Motion toy that had been sitting on my desk for quite some time. For the uninitiated, the Leap Motion is a motion sensor, tracking hand and finger movement. It has an SDK enabling…

Booting Spring Boot into Heroku

Spring Boot is a new approach from Spring to build web applications. The quote from Spring is that it "takes an opinionated view of building production-ready Spring applications. Spring Boot favors convention over configuration and is designed to get you up and running as quickly as possible." One of the…