How Helpified is built - our current technology stack

The technology stack used to build, run, and maintain Helpified.

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    Our front-end is a modified version of Twitter Bootstrap. We've used this since the very beginning. Built at Twitter by @mdo and @fat, Bootstrap utilizes LESS CSS, is compiled via Node, and is managed through GitHub to help nerds do awesome stuff on the web. By far the fastest way to get a great interface together.

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    Sendgrid - SMTP Relay Server: App and Transactional Email Delivery

    SendGrid's SMTP relay services deliver transactional emails triggered by web apps. It's a great service to make sure users are notified when things happen on your site. For instance, when someone follows your toolset on Helpified, sendgrid is how you receive that notification. It does a great job of keeping the message out of your spam folder, too.

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    Heroku - Postgres add-on

    Reliable and powerful database-as-a-service based on PostgreSQL. Databases are multi-ingress: use them from any cloud, PaaS, or your local computer. It is easy to connect from common languages & frameworks including Rails, Django, PHP, and Java: configuration strings are generated for them automatically.

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    New Relic : Web Application Performance Management & Monitoring

    Pinpoint and solve performance issues in your Ruby, Java, .NET, PHP and Python apps with real user, application and server monitoring. A really nice way to monitor your code. They actually just came out with a nice iOS app, too.

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    Ruby on Rails

    We built the site using the coding language Ruby on Rails, an open-sourced web framework. It's an amazing language that can be used for literally anything you'd want to build. Plus, we believe it's the easiest to learn, if you're planning on starting from scratch.

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    Embedly | Embed any URL through one powerful API

    Embedly has been amazing for us. It's a platform for converting URLs into embeddable content. Build rich and engaging applications through Embedly's APIs. Basically, when you add a resource to Helpified, Embedly converts the URL you enter into an embedded video, image, or text that we display on the site. Really simple.

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    CoffeeScript is a little language that compiles into JavaScript. Underneath all those awkward braces and semicolons, JavaScript has always had a gorgeous object model at its heart. CoffeeScript is an attempt to expose the good parts of JavaScript in a simple way. The golden rule of CoffeeScript is: "It's just JavaScript".

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    LESS " The Dynamic Stylesheet language

    Are some elements in your style sheet proportional to other elements? Operations let you add, subtract, divide and multiply property values and colors, giving you the power to create complex relationships between properties. Operations should only be performed within parentheses in order to ensure compatibility with CSS.

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    Where we host our site. If you're building a site with ruby on rails, this is where you host it. As you scale, it could get a little expensive, though. Always start here.

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    Git is easy to learn and has a tiny footprint with lightning fast performance. It outclasses SCM tools like Subversion, CVS, Perforce, and ClearCase with features like cheap local branching, convenient staging areas, and multiple workflows.

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    Font Awesome, the iconic font designed for use with Twitter Bootstrap

    This is where our icons come from. It's a font package designed specifically for Twitter Bootstrap.

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    Simple, efficient message processing for Ruby

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    Airbrake collects errors generated by other applications, and aggregates the results for developer review

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    Our code repository. The best way store, host and share your code on the web.

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    A Template Engine for Ruby on Rails. HAML simplifies and shortens our code, making it easier to write and read.

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