Rabid is now Ackama

In September 2018, on the company’s 8th birthday, Rabid became Ackama - this was to reflect that fact that we work on large digital ecosystems, and given that nature is the largest ecosystem in the world we wanted a name that came from nature. Ackama, or Makamaka, is a small bushy tree with white flowers and red seeds. It’s found on the coast from Whangarei north.

Go to the Ackama blog

Daniel Jauch

Why the Right Tag Matters

<div>s as Far as the Eye Can See

If you’ve ever looked an application’s HTML output, you’re likely quite familiar with this:

divs, divs, divs

Endless <div> tags with cryptic attributes. Looking in, how is it possible to make sense of that image without me telling you what application this is? Imagine working in an application that looks like this. Some of you reading this may already be in that exact environment.

Why is this the default pattern of building HTML? What is it about <div>’s that makes them so enticing to use with this frequency?


Kim Partridge

Rabid Technologies expands into Australia

Bucking the trend of Australian companies buying into New Zealand, New Zealand web and app company Rabid Technologies has acquired Squareweave, a strategic design and web development agency based in Melbourne. The new trans-Tasman company will have offices in Auckland, Wellington and Melbourne

Rabid Technologies, a development company which builds web and mobile applications for organisations such as NZ Post, PledgeMe and Oranga Tamariki, is excited about the opportunities this merger provides, says CEO Breccan McLeod-Lundy.

“We have worked overseas before, but with this acquisition we will have a permanent home in Australia, and we can leverage our experience on both sides of the Tasman,” says Breccan.


Haunani Pao

Making Connections for Wāhine in Tech


I learned, if you make a meetup group, they will sign up and show up…as 28 women came to our first Wāhine in Tech meeting.

So how did we start this?


Louise Robinson-Blue

Developer 1.0.1

In March 2018, I joined the team at Rabid Tech and when asked to contribute a blog, I wondered what I could share with readers that might help them better understand life as a junior developer. There is plenty already written – guides, forums, tutorials and lessons learned that may help a graduate or junior developer adapt to their new work environment – but this is not one of them. Instead, I aim to give you a genuine recount of some of my ‘moments’ over the last few weeks at Rabid. First a reflection, then a theory and finally a small piece of code.


Elspeth Dick

Rails upgrades for beginners

Keeping your Rails applications up to date with the latest version of Rails and its supporting gems is best done in small increments, and frequently.

In the real world, you might be asked to upgrade a Rails app by two major versions. There are nuances to every major release and the best place to find this information is in the official Rails Guides. The general process however is quite methodical, diagrammable even! Clearing your console of deprecation warnings and changing test output from red to green is as pleasant as it sounds.