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Posted on 09.13.13 by Brad |

Bwoken 2 Beta Released

In response to a great discussion in the bwoken issues forum, I'm happy to announce the first beta of bwoken version 2! The major change, which justified the major version bump, is that bwoken is no longer invoked with rake but instead with bwoken. So, now you can do fun things like this!

$ bwoken test --focus some_test --family ipad --simulator

This will run one particular test, only on the ipad, and specifically in the simulator even if there's an iDevice connected. To try out the new beta, make the line in your Gemfile look like this:

gem 'bwoken', '2.0.0.beta.1'

Then, just run bundle upda …continue reading

Lab project

Posted on 08.08.13 by Brad |


Imagine yourself at a concert on the streets of Madison, a block away from the Wisconsin State Capitol (known for, among other things, being the largest granite dome in the world), listening to Willy Porter, and waiting for the headliner—Eric Hutchinson—to take the stage. As you wend your way through the crowds, you come across a big green button on a pedestal vaugely reminiscent of Portal. Succumbing to decidedly primal instincts, you hit the button, surprised to see a camera flash go off above you. Looking up, you see a camera out the window and a sign that reads: FACEBOOK.COM/CONCERTCAM. Loading up the site …continue reading

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Posted on 11.30.12 by Chris |

Getting Plan 9 running on the Raspberry Pi

Screenshot of Plan 9

Update (2013-10-24)

There's a new image available for the Raspberry Pi as of Sep. 23rd. The link in the article is still correct, but if you wanted to read about the release part 1 and part 2.

More Unix than Unix

Do you like Unix? Do you really like Unix? Well, what if I told you there's a little-known operating system out there that's more Unix than even Unix is. Cool, right?

Well it is true! Plan 9 occupies an interesting niche in the open source operating system world. It is a full-fledged descendant of Unix, but not in the way that most systems out there are. It took th …continue reading

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Posted on 10.17.12 by Brad |

OMG! Rails Rumble!

Last weekend, three Bendyworkers and a Swink-person (Swink-ee?) participated in the Rails Rumble, a competition to build a web application in just 48 hours. Rather than hacking on the backend like I usually do, I ended up almost exclusively forging the frontend. In doing so, I came to further appreciate the sheer immensity of tasks required to polish a website until it shines. In short: turns out, UX is hard. But we're pretty happy with the results. Behold: OMG! You Gotta See.

The <head> tag

Oh, the head tag. A lot can go in the <head> tag. Aside from the obvious <title> and CSS tags, I found myself fin …continue reading

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Posted on 04.26.12 by Brad |

Introducing Bwoken

Bwoken is a UIAutomation test runner for both iPhone and iPad, which lets you write your tests in CoffeeScript, then run them in bulk from the command line. Watch the video, then head on over to its homepage!