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Object Oriented Design Basics : Flexible Design

Software does not exist in a vacuum. It interacts with environment and the environment interacts with it. The environment is market forces, users, external systems, operating systems, competing software, changes in law etc. It evolves, either it improves or decays over time. The only thing that is constant is change demanded by the environment. To read more, check out the Flexible Design article.

PR Log: Turn Pull Requests into Changelog Entries

tf/pr_log (MIT license) is a small command line tool which fetches recent pull requests from a GitHub repository and inserts changelog items. It encourages handcrafted changelogs and plays nicely with existing changelog content. It uses GitHub milestones and labels to filter items and insert custom prefixes like “Bug fix”. In most cases it can parse its configuration automatically from the project’s gemspec. [more inside]

How to restore support for Nginx’s gzip_static in Rails 4.2

Nginx has the ability to serve static .gz files instead of compressing assets on the fly, which is great for performance. The Rails asset pipeline has supported this feature in the past, but unfortunately, this support is currently missing in Rails 4.2 and Sprockets 3. The Rails team is aware of the problem and has promised a fix, but in the meantime, here’s a workaround to restore this great feature.

Clipping Images for Rails: Using Paperclip

Implementing file uploading can be one of the most fun parts of writing a Rails application. But it can also be a bit confusing if you’ve never done it before. This blog post looks at the paperclip gem, and how to both implement it and understand what it’s doing behind the scenes.

An alternative to rails STI, that requires no schema changes

Single table inheritance has a number of tricks and gotchas, it also requires developers to unnecessarily persist code details (such as class name) in the database. We wrote a simple model concern to help alleviate some of these issues. Check our our post!

Ode to Sequel

Relatively recently I switched from ActiveRecord to Sequel, and was completely blown away by all of the features Sequel offers, so I wanted to share it with you.

jQuery UI Autocomplete with Ruby on Rails

Step by step tutorial how to use the jQuery UI Autocomplete plugin on a Rails project. It includes using the jquery-ui-rails plugin, and styling the autocomplete with images and formatted titles. Check it out here.

GitCompound -- yet another dependency manager

GitCompound is a dependency manager that combines features of Bundler and Git submodules. This is particularly useful when dependencies also need to be developed continuously. GitCompound is decentralized, Git-based and flexible dependency manager.

Use any C library from Ruby via Fiddle – the Ruby standard library’s best kept secret

Fiddle is a little-known module that was added to Ruby’s standard library in 1.9.x. It allow you to interact directly with C libraries from Ruby. In this post we’ll start with some simple examples and finish by using termios to talk to an arduino over a serial port. -

FlexMock is alive !

You’ve liked flexmock, but saw bugs creep in since Jim Weirich’s passing. I’ve started to fix the obvious (minitest v5 compatibility I’m looking at you) and want to make flexmock alive again

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