At Bocoup we believe that focusing on crafting resilient and accessible experiences is the most effective way to build digital services. This philosophy and practice extends to our learning design. In an earlier post, I talked about building a curriculum framework with a design driven approach—this involved user research, persona and journey map development, and […]

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Recently, we announced our Knight Foundation Prototype Grant to work on Data Voyager, a tool for exploring the breadth and depth of a particular dataset with ease through automated visualization recommendations. Data Voyager was originally created as a research project by Jeff Heer’s Interactive Data Lab at the University of Washington (with implementation led by […]

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We are in the homestretch with our git workflow walkthrough. I knew we could do it! Last time, we looked at a few ways to review pull requests. In this final (for now!) installment, we will merge our reviewed changes back into master. Once your pull request reviewer is satisfied with the changes, you’ll get […]

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In many cases, a visual check of the changes via the PR page on GitHub is enough to give a +1 to changes. That’s how we did things in our previous walkthrough post. But sometimes, you want to try things out locally downloaded to your own machine to get a feel for what is really […]

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Last time, we looked at how using feature branches makes life easier, and how you would create a feature branch to make a change and push it up to GitHub for review in the form of a pull request. Now that a Pull Request is live, someone has to review it. Let’s walk through some […]

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When it comes to learning Git, most folks I’ve talked to (myself included) have taken the slow and gentle path toward becoming proficient by adding it incrementally to their existing development processes. We begin by just running git init on an almost finished project and adding everything with a commit message such as start. Then, […]

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We build a lot of software at Bocoup. Like other types of builders, we tend to grow attached to the particular sets of tools and scripts we use in our work. We don’t play favorites: my colleagues support Grunt, contribute to Gulp, and maintain stand-alone tools such as JSHint. It’s easy to take familiarity with […]

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After three years of community development, Johnny-Five has its own home on the web – we’re thrilled to announce johnny-five.io! The new site combines content from the repo, the wiki, tutorials from the Bocoup blog and several third-party websites into a single, easily-discoverable source: If you want to find the API documentation, that’s right here. […]

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On March 5, 2015, Technical Machine announced the next generation of their Tessel platform: the Tessel 2. Additionally, Technical Machine announced a prototype-to-production service for products that are built with the Tessel 2. These are both very exciting developments for the future of NodeBots. According to Technical Machine, the Tessel 2 builds on and grows […]

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Learn JS Data is a new guide introducing JavaScript as a language that can support data processing and manipulation. While there are many great tutorials and examples for doing data processing in other languages, there appeared to be a deficiency of resources on data munging in JavaScript. And so, we have started to fill in […]

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