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Recently I have picked up a side hobby of pairing with members of my local user group that I organize TulsaJS. Every other week we get together and just learn something new. Be it a framework, technique or library. We dive into things we are passionate about within the Javascript ecosystem. Whether I am pairing with someone who is more knowledgeable, or someone who is just getting into Javascript, I find I always learn something new.

Maybe your new to programming or new to pairing, in this post I want to provide some helpful tips to help you get the most out of pairing. …


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Slack is one of the most powerful communication tools we have as a fully remote company. Recently, Slack released a much improved status system to let your coworkers know where and what you are currently doing. This has made life a little easier, as instead of going to the main Slack channel and scrolling through the messages to find out if someone is on lunch or maybe out for the day, we can instantly see their status next to each users name.

Of course this also has a downside as what if you forget to update your status for the rest of the day? Your coworkers might think you are unreachable when really you are at your office working away. To simplify the most basic use case of this new status system I was able to use IFTTT (IF This Then That). This lets me set certain locations on a map and when I am within those locations it updates my Slack status with the appropriate status. …


Made By Munsters will be presenting at Tulsa TechFest this year. The one-day conference, held in Tulsa, OK is a free charitable, non-profit event organized by Tulsa area volunteers. We will be giving a talk on getting started using the Phoenix framework for the Elixir programming language.

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In this session, I will be presenting on how to get up and running with the Elixir language by using the Phoenix framework. There are many languages and frameworks to choose from and I believe Elixir / Phoenix brings the syntax we love from Ruby into a more performant and fault tollerent environment. …

Josh Hamilton

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