Take it from Factor75: Working with Big Astronaut

Lance Ennen

Want to know what it's really like working with Big Astronaut? Take if from Factor 75.

We've worked extensively with Factor 75 for the past year, and have successfully transitioned their development to an awesome in-house team! Woohoo!


RailsConf 2014 - Ultra Light and Maintainable Rails Wizards

Lance Ennen


Clojure Programming at Big Astronaut: Data Nirvana

Michael Drogalis

One of the most striking differences between Lisps and object oriented languages is its first class support of data structures. This idea often end up a struggling point for those new to Lisp, and particularly Clojure. In order to be an effective functional programmer, it's critical to understand why Clojure chooses to make data structures, and not objects, king in its environment.

A common complaint from those new to Clojure is that at first glance, it seems that the language doesn't support abstraction very well. In an OO world, when we want to create a new abstraction - we do the only thing that we can - we make a new class. I wrestled with this notion for a long time. Working directly with data structures felt too unstructured, and there was no clear path to understanding data semantics. No lies here: learning Clojure was an uphill battle.

A few lines from Stu Halloway's "Narcissistic Design" talk finally made everything click for me. Stu describes why data...

RailsConf 2014 Recap: Day 4 with Aaron Patterson

Lance Ennen


Big Astronaut at RailsConf 2014

Lance Ennen

Big Astronaut’s own Andy Maleh is presenting at RailsConf 2014! Will you be there?

We’re excited to see RailsConf come back to Chicago this year, and Big Astronaut will be there in full force. We’re always looking for *awesome* engineers to join our development team. Feel free to ask our team questions as you see them walking around with Big Astronaut t-shirts.

We’ll be kicking off Tuesday April 22, 2014 with David Heinemeier Hansson’s Keynote at 9:15am.

After the morning break, come check out Big Astronaut’s VP of Engineering, Andy Maleh’s, talk on "Ultra Light and Maintainable Rails Wizards”.

Ever wonder how to build an Ultra Light Rails Wizard?

Andy’s talk will cover the role of wizards in web applications since the dawn of the World Wide Web, the most notable being the humble Shopping Cart. Despite their prevalence, many developers struggle with writing effective and efficient wizard code, often resulting in an...


Rocket Fuel Labs is now Big Astronaut

Mike Pollack

Rocket Fuel Labs has officially left the building, in a good way.

When we started our company, we chose a brand that would be both inspirational and exciting to our team and clients. Although it would seem (in hindsight) that a number of other people had similar ideas.

To avoid confusion and allow us to focus on the opportunities ahead, we have re-branded. We’re growing the team (more news on that shortly), continuing to build great products for fantastic clients, and most importantly we’re still focused on crafting awesome software applications.

We're proud to introduce:


So say hello to us on FacebookTwitterEmail, or stop by one of our offices (Austin, Chicago, Denver).

Allow us to reintroduce ourselves:

Big Astronaut was founded in early 2013; we started as an outsourced product development team for clients that were looking to create or radically rethink their existing web applications.

Our earliest clients were...