Almost time for Nordic Ruby

Right now, all of us at Elabs are on our way to Stockholm for the 3rd annual Nordic Ruby – the conference that we organise every year.

Nordic Ruby is the highlight of the year for us. While organising it is a lot of work, we always leave refreshed and motivated. Listening to the presentations and meeting the attendees from all over the world is always inspiring. We can't wait for the conference to start tomorrow.

If you want to follow along, follow @elabs and @nordicruby on Twitter.


Campfire Stories: May 7-11

Monday, May 7

Mission: Small Business

LivingSocial launched a new initiative that lets small businesses apply for grants of $250,000. We built the app.

Tuesday, May 8

Interesting alternative to Skype or Google+ Hangout.

Wednesday, May 9


Fuzzy file finder for VIM.


Nice DSL for interacting with APIs in RubyMotion.

CSS arrow please!

Create boxes with arrows in CSS.

Thursday, May 10

Multiple Ruby version support on Heroku

Specify your Ruby version in your Gemfile on Heroku.


Create custom icon web fonts.



Anders T shows us his ninja skills.

Friday, May 11

Radio buttons

Ever wondered why HTML radio buttons are called that?

Radio buttons


Campfire Stories: April 30-May 4

Monday, April 30

Irish Apple conference bears fruit

Irish Apple conference bears fruit

I (CJ) attended Úll, a conference in Ireland about development for Apple platforms. During the conference I attended a reception with the Lord Mayor of Dublin together with the speakers and got a picture of me holding an iPad published in the Irish Times. Good times.

Brydge iPad keyboard

Very cool keyboard for the iPad.

Tuesday, May 1

Everyone had the day of for May Day, so no updates.

Wednesday, May 2

Spotify for iPad

Spotify on iPad

Spotify launched their iPad app. Congratulations to all our friends who worked on the project!

Sketch 2

The designer's toolbox.

Thursday, May 3

Voice & Tone

MailChimp's copywriting style guide.

Nordic Ruby banners

Nordic Ruby banners

Jimmy designed some very nice banners for attendees, speakers and sponsors of Nordic Ruby.

Friday, May 4



Write iOS applications in Ruby. Amazing stuff.

Star Wars Day

May the fourth be with you.

Pry 102: Advanced features


Power tips for working with Pry.


Campfire Stories: April 23-27

Better late than never, here's last week's edition of Campfire Stories.

Monday, April 23

dConstruct 2012

The new site for this year's dConstruct conference looks great.

VIM Adventures

Learning VIM while playing a game. Lots of fun!

Adobe CS6 launched

We didn't upgrade to CS5, so Jimmy and Johannes are very excited about getting a new version of Photoshop now. We'll probably sign up for Creative Cloud.

Nordic Ruby schedule

The schedule for our annual Ruby conference is now online. Lots of great sessions planned.

Tuesday, April 24

Turnip: a tasty Cucumber alternative?

Our friends at Thoughtbot wrote a blog post about Turnip, Jonas' acceptance testing framework.

Elabs stickers

Elabs stickers

We're getting new stickers and iPhone decals made.

Wednesday, April 25

Type Connection

A typographic dating game.

Simple Modal

JavaScript plugin to create modal windows.

Thursday, April 26

SDC speakers' dinner

CJ, Jonas, and Joseph Wilk

CJ and Jonas chatting with Joseph Wilk at the SDC speakers' dinner. Joseph will be giving a talk titled "Someone is wrong" at Nordic Ruby this year.

PHP: The Good Parts

PHP: The Good Parts

Tom Hudson wrote a book about PHP.!/TomNomNom/status/195304317601849344

Rdio's new site

Looks great. Wish they would launch their service in Sweden.

Friday, April 27

racing dog


Campfire Stories: April 16-21

Monday, April 16


CSS3 scroll effects.

Big Beards

Big beards

Most of the guys in the office envy the beard growing prowess of Anders T, but not even he can match the impressive beards of these men.

Tuesday, April 17

Integrated Design & Development

Integrated design & development: caring

CJ talking about the secret ingredient of integrated design and development, in his talk at Scandinavian Developers Conference.

Wednesday, April 18

Mailgun: Programmable Mail Servers

APIs that allow you to send, receive, track and store email. Nice site too.

The 10 Most Underused ActiveRecord::Relation Methods

Lots of great tips for working with ActiveRecord relations.

IKEA Uppleva

IKEA Uppleva

The beloved Swedish institution IKEA releases a TV. Pretty cool.

20,000 Years Ago…

20,000 years ago people who didn't believe in barefoot running got eaten.

Thursday, April 19


Rack-based A/B testing framework.


Pancake recipe


JavaScript plugin that makes select boxes more user-friendly. Developed by the people at Harvest.

Friday, April 20

Web service for letting your users upload files to your app directly from their Dropbox, Facebook, or their computer.

Saturday, April 21

Valve's "Handbook for New Employees"

The big news last week. Amazing insight into Valve's unique company culture. Very inspiring. More about this later.