Altoros is a big data and Platform-as-a-Service specialist that provides system integration for IaaS/cloud providers, software companies, and information-driven enterprises. Areas of expertise include Cloud Foundry, Hadoop, and NoSQL solutions, as well as Microsoft .NET, Java, Ruby on Rails, and mobile technologies.

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Do you remember your feelings when you had to customize activeadmin or you faced a binding problem in angular and first time read about primitives? There are a lot of things that irritate us as a developers. Here is my list. Feel free to add your items in comments.

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Where I came from?

I was a Windows user since I remember. I loved all the Microsoft products, even their hardware, like Surface… until I met Linux when I joined Altoros. With Linux I started to see a new world, open source applications, a community, people sharing their knowledge, their own code, developers improving software made by other developers. So, I started to think: “Microsoft is very good, but maybe if they would start to share their code or listening their users in a different way, they could have much better products”.

First steps with IDEs

At the University, studying Computer Science, the professors recommended Eclipse as the perfect IDE, with so many features: auto-completion, references to the methods definition, linters and so on. It was so slow and so interested in consuming your RAM! Then I heard about Sublime Text, it was love at first sight: fast, simple, basic and powerful at the same time, with a lot of plugins to extend its functionality.

When I met VS Code

A couple of weeks ago, a client told us that they will start to use TypeScript and he asked me to take a look to Visual Studio Code Editor because someone recommended him as a good tool to code using TypeScript.

To be honest, my first thought was: “Visual Studio? Microsoft? I don’t think so…”, but well… client is always right, heh?

So I went to Google and typed Visual Studio Code and entered here: First things I saw in his web: multi-platform, more than 10 thousands stars on GitHub (GitHub? Nice!) and Extensions. Very good start! So I went to the GitHub project and the title said: “Visual Studio Code - Open Source”, then I saw the issues, how organized they were… I couldn’t wait any longer, let’s install this thing!

You just have to download a file, extract it and you’re ready to go, easy.

What I miss of Sublime on VS Code?

Short answer: nothing. I found them pretty similar, both of them are fast, minimalistic, with plugins to extend its functionality. Even most of the shortcuts are the same.

It’s true, VS Code doesn’t have many plugins as Sublime Text, but it has the ones I need.

VS Code: The good parts

The thing I love most of VS Code is the integration with GIT and the Debug mode, both out-of-the-box. But you can also find:

  • Linter for JS, CSS, LESS, SASS and Java
  • Language Colorization (syntax highlighting) for a lot of languages
  • Markdown preview (live). I’m using it to write this Post.
  • Developer Tools (because it’s developed using Electron Framework)
  • A way to create your own snippets
  • User and Workspace settings
  • Themes
  • Tasks: VS Code auto detects gulp, grunt and jake tasks from your project files and it can run them if you want.
  • Extensions and Extension Manager (Package Control for Sublime Text users)


VS Code is just starting, but you already have several extensions to use. I just installed 2, so far:

  • semistandard, to validate my JS code (the linter included by Code it wasn’t enough)
  • Slack Integration, to share code (entire files o just pieces) on Slack channels

You’ll see 6 categories on the MarketPlace:

  • Debuggers
  • Languages
  • Linters
  • Snippets
  • Themes
  • Other

Or you can create your own.

Bottom line

I’m glad that Microsoft is back again! Developing their products with a better and a completely new approach, sharing its knowledge with the developers community and giving them a very good product, but most of all listening to its users and implementing new features that they were requesting.

I think you should give it an opportunity, it won’t disappoint you.

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Love Ruby

Nov 06, 2015 by Eugene Melnikov

Hi folks

Recently I had a chance to try Node.js and plunge to JS world. For those, who just started knowing Node, but already have Ruby background it might be useful to associate some Ruby packages with Node packages:

Node Ruby
nvm rvm
karma rake
protractor rspec + capybara
npm bundle
express sinatra
jasmine rspec
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This post contains some notes regarding different aspects of work with email in Ruby on Rails and covers such topics as sending and receiving email as well as using address tagging.

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Hi colleagues.

Over the past 4 years the world of tools for integration testing has been changed a lot.

Bringing to your attention actual as of 2014 scheme.

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Nowadays, such terms as “IaaS”, “PaaS” and “SaaS” are very popular. One of them is Cloud Foundry (CF), open source PaaS that can work on the different IaaS clouds like AWS, OpenStack, vSphere. But you can play with it even on a local computer using Bosh Lite (BL). In this article I’m going to introduce you how to deploy BL and CF on your local machine.

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Hi colleagues. Are you concerned about how your application works in IE? Do you believe that checking in latest version using different modes for emulating previous versions is enough? No way! Even is you skip some legacy versions you can face problems with lack of support json, html5 tags, ECMAScript, limit for css selectors and many other problems that can not be detected just by changing browser mode. You will be surprised that some bugs can be reproduced only on certain platform and browser. To find such problems I propose you run your capybara tests in remote browsers.

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Discourse is the 100% open source, next-generation discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet.

Juju is a service orchestration management tool developed by Canonical. This guide requires configured and successfully bootstrapped Juju environment. Please walk through getting started with Juju guide if you are not familiar with Juju yet.

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PostgreSQL is great relational database with a lot of features, and one of features I am going to talk about is a build-in fulltext search.

In this post I will describe the proccess of implemeting postgresql fulltext search to your rails application, and also will show you how to improve it’s performance.

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If you have some experience working with Ruby you probably had to deal with collections. Collections can be tedious. But TTR (Thanks To Ruby) we have a large arsenal to deal with them!

In this post I’ll show you two Ruby iterator methods I really love, thanks to its simplicity and beauty.

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