Category Archives: Just for Bands

Cutting Worker Costs on Heroku

When we launched LiveShow, we utilized what Heroku calls a “Worker Dyno” to handle background tasks, specifically sending emails. Using a Heroku worker dyno allows you to offload work to a background task so that it doesn’t hold up the actual web server portion of your app. The downside to worker dynos is they cost money, $0.05/hour to be exact. And when you run one all day, everyday for a month, that can add up. Continue reading

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Testing in Rails, It's Important

Over the course of 2010 I spent most of my off time working on my side project, Just for Bands. Specifically the first application to come from Just for Bands known as LiveShow. The LiveShow application was written in Ruby on Rails with the plan to deploy it to Heroku (a successful plan I might add). But the main point of this post is the idea of doing Test Driven Development (or TDD) in Ruby on Rails and how it allowed my partner and I to build an app quickly. Continue reading

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Testing in Rails, It’s Important

Over the course of 2010 I spent most of my off time working on my side project, Just for Bands. Specifically the first application to come from Just for Bands known as LiveShow. The LiveShow application was written in Ruby on Rails with the plan to deploy it to Heroku (a successful plan I might add). But the main point of this post is the idea of doing Test Driven Development (or TDD) in Ruby on Rails and how it allowed my partner and I to build an app quickly. Continue reading

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Ship It

With the launch of LiveShow by Just for Bands last week, the stress of getting something done and pushed for public consumption is only half done. Having actually “shipped” a working product, I understand that it is the larger (and harder) half. Continue reading

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LiveShow Ships

Yep, today my partner Erick and I announced that LiveShow, the first Just for Bands app was ready for the world’s viewing. It took a year’s worth of programming time at home after work and on weekends, learning a new programming language, learning a new web framework for writing web applications, designing a data model, and figuring out where the app should live. But, it’s officially shipped as of today around 1:30pm. Continue reading

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Just for Bands Launches

What is Just for Bands? Just for Bands is a side project I started with a very close friend of mine, Erick Wilson. The idea came about because Erick wanted to find a set of online tools to help him and his band handle certain band management related activities. I told him, that we should instead write our own since we know what bands go through and what kind of stuff we can eliminate to make the process efficient and streamlined. Continue reading

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