A Fresh Cup is Mike Gunderloy's software development weblog, covering Ruby on Rails and whatever else I find interesting in the universe of software. I'm a full-time Rails developer and contributor, available for long- or short-term consulting, with solid experience in working as part of a distributed team. If you'd like to hire me, drop me a line. I'm also the author of Rails Rescue Handbook and Rails Freelancing Handbook.


A Fresh Cup

Notes on Rails and other development


Taking a Break

Some of you may have noticed that Double Shot made it to the magic 1500 number, and then stopped (or maybe no one noticed, I dunno). Even though that's plenty of link roundup posts to get into the habit (and the number is probably closer to 5000, counting previous blogging running all the way back to 1999), it's been getting harder and harder to find time for this the past few months.

Real life, as they say, has been getting in the way of digital life. My job keeps me as busy as I like with coding, my kids are growing up, I'm slowing down a bit. It's time to make it official: I'm going to fallow this blog for a while. Perhaps a long while.

Perhaps I'll come back in a few months and start posting again. Perhaps I'll lose my job and need to build up digital cred again in a hurry. Or perhaps not. I don't anticipate closing the doors on the archives, but for now, this is it.


Double Shot #1500

Another nice round number in the title there. Sometimes inertia is the key to success.

  • On Ruby - Primarily an argument to keep your implicit dependencies to a minimum, with recommendations on gems to help you do that.
  • Gathering and Visualizing metrics from Rails application using InfluxDB - A proof-of-concept setup that will help you wire up this time series database.
  • Git Style Guide - Suggestions on branches, commits, and merging. As with any other style guide, use this as inspiration to codify your own best practices.
  • CachetHQ - A system for building your own fancy-schmancy status pages.
  • Toolkit - "Extensible front-end HTML, CSS, and JavaScript user interface components for the responsive, mobile, and modern web."

Double Shot #1499


Double Shot #1498

Hooray, survived another year of "the day the internet is covered in stupid crap".

  • Eldr - Minimal ruby framework "without all the magic" implemented as a thin layer of gems on top of rack.
  • Ate - "Minimalistic framework-agnostic template engine" for ruby applications.
  • irb Tools - A collection of improvements for Ruby's irb.

Double Shot #1497

  • Two Factor Auth - List of sites supporting it, and a way to nag the ones that don't.
  • JSON:API - Because you can never have enough standards. And because we want JSON to turn into Son of SOAP.
  • Rails Play - Quickly spin up playground apps with some sample data so you can test Rails features.