Cheffin ain’t EZ for beginners

When I first set out to learn Chef I found that most of the blog posts, tutorials and even the Opscode Help pages themselves were a bit difficult to understand, to say the least. The ontology surrounding Chef is pretty hard to grasp for beginners: Resources, Clients, Nodes, knife, chef, Chef Server, Shef, Cookbooks, Recipes and so on. What I really needed when I started out was a specific walk-through of anything so long as it worked. And a lot of stuff doesn’t.
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Optimising specs for ActiveRecord scopes and other database-dependent functionality

After recently switching to a lower-performance laptop for my regular development tasks, I decided to spend a bit of time cleaning up some long-running rspec examples. I found that some misunderstanding of rspec’s features had led me to write highly inefficient specs.
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Brighton web development and design meetups

This past week, having finished a project and having a bit of free time to spare, I decided to do some digging and see what was going on in Brighton in terms of web development meetups. It turns out there’s plenty of stuff here, and probably more activity in terms of after-school meetup groups and presentations than in London, even.
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