Hi, I'm Blake Williams

I'm a full-stack developer living in Boston, MA. I currently work at GitHub where I primarily write Ruby/Rails and a bit of TypeScript. I care a lot about building the right thing and writing great code.

May 10, 2013

Developing Gems with TDD and Minitest: Part 2

In part 1 we set up our gem and a few dependencies and got our testing environment ready as well. Now it’s time to actually start writing our gem. We’ll start off with our Post class which when given a path will read the file, parse the YAML Front Matter and render our Markdown content.

May 01, 2013

Developing Gems with TDD and Minitest: Part 1

If you’ve ever used Ruby you’d know that Gems are fundamental to any Ruby project. Despite Gems being so important it can be intimidating to write your own gem let alone how you should test them. This will take us through writing and testing a very basic static blog generator.

April 14, 2013

Wrapping a jQuery plugin with Ember.js Views

Whenever I’m working with Ember I often find myself wanting the functionality that a jQuery plugin provides. It may not be obvious, but we can wrap jQuery plugins inside of Ember views and use these plugins just like any other Ember view.

January 17, 2013

System Wide Install With rbenv

This post is going to cover installing rbenv 0.4.0 system wide and is largely taken from the old rbenv wiki page titled “Shared Install of rbenv” which was been taken down at some point.

November 03, 2012

A brief introduction to Backbone

Backbone.js is about 5kb of awesome that will give your application a basic structure and set of tools that allow you to build client side MVC applications that pulls data from RESTful JSON API’s and then displays and modifies that data based on user events. This is a basic introduction to some core concepts that will help you get started with Backbone.