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Hello. We solve real problems with beautiful code & teaching. We are Collective Idea.

We are a small, agile software-development team driven to find solutions beyond code. Our code is great, and we’ll never denigrate it, but we understand code is a tactic toward a solution rather than a solution in itself. End result: we make our clients more productive and their processes more efficient.

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Bi-Directional and Self-Referential Associations in Rails

I’ve been working on an application that works to match users together based on a complex set of criteria (read: big slow database query and in-memory processing). The core usage of the application revolves around these user matches, so I want to make sure that either the algorithm will run very fast or can be cached so that it’s not run every time a user visits their matches page.

The most important requirement for our matches is reciprocation. To solve this problem and meet all of the requirements, we can create a bi-directional, self-referential, self-syncing, many-to-many association between users using a has_many :through association with a join model to keep track of a user’s matches.

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0 Comments – By Josh Kovach on July 30, 2015

Rewriting History With Git Rebase, Reset, and Amend

Editing an existing commit in history with an interactive rebase, reset, and amend.

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1 Comment – By Eric Milford on July 23, 2015

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