Tag Archives: Ruby

Ruby, the awesome object-oriented ‘scripting’ language.

Always define controller action methods in Rails 3

This morning was spent puzzling over a strange hard-to-reproduce Cucumber test failure in a project I have been upgrading from Rails 2.3.x to 3.0.3. It was only occurring after certain steps had been taken in previous Scenarios, and not when the failing Scenario was run on its own.

The solution was to explicitly define the controller action’s method in the controller. So the question to the world is: what changed, ActionController or something in the Cucumber chain?

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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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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Uploading directly to Amazon S3 from a Rails application

The use cases for Superhug are heavy on uploading and downloading large(ish) files. Rails itself isn’t so well suited to this sort of task, and it’s best to keep state away from application servers wherever possible. We chose to use Amazon S3 and CloudFront to bypass Rails for all of the uploading, downloading and image processing grunt work. This is a rundown of the approach we took.
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