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 software developer: most of my time in recent years has been spent writing Rails, though I've dabbled in many other things and like most people who have been writing code for decades I can learn new stuff as needed.

Currently I'm unemployed and starting to look around for my next opportunity as a senior manager, team lead, or lead developer. Drop me a comment if you're interested or email MikeG1 [at] larkfarm.com.

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A Fresh Cup

Notes on Rails and other development

Tuesday
May092017

Double Shot #1842

Monday
May082017

Double Shot #1841

I was right, I'm back on the job market. Would love to go back to just writing code in a no-BS environment. MikeG1 [at] larkfarm.com.

  • UglifyJS 3 - New release of this JavaScript parter/minifier/compressor/beautifier. Not backwards compataible and only supporting ES5.
  • Active Admin 1.0.0 - Now with Rails 5.1 support and a shiny new version number. This framework for creating admin UI for Rails applications has survived a lot of changes along the way.
  • Segment Open Fellowship 2017 - They're planning to support 3-5 open source projects with $8000 per month for 3 months. Application deadline is May 8, so hurry if you're interested.
Friday
May052017

Double Shot #1840

  • Introducing SSL for SaaS - Cloudflare is trying to make custom domains plus SSL easier to set up for multi-tenant SaaS applications. If you don't know what that means, you don't need to pay for it.
  • Crafting Better Code Reviews - Hopefully your team is doing code reviews. Have you thought about how to improve them?
  • The Lesser-known Features in Rails 5.1 - There are some good ones in there. But alas, I'll miss the late unlamented alias_method_chain.
Thursday
May042017

Double Shot #1839

Looks like I may be back on the job market again soon.

  • CVE-2016-4442 - Security bug in rack-mini-profiler. Hopefully you're not shipping that in production anyhow.
  • Ruby on Rails: the Bad and Good parts - Like any other article on this topic, this one is pretty opinionated. It will give you a few things to ponder though.
  • Black Screen - Terminal emulator/shell built in Electron. I'm skeptical that it will be performant but it's pretty and has some interesting features.
Wednesday
May032017

Double Shot #1838

  • Rails Composer for Rails 5.1 - A chunk of the Rails ecosystem looking to raise some money via KickStarter.
  • Kryptonite - "A new home for your SSH private key" that assumes you trust your phone more than your computer. I'm skeptical.
  • Homebrew 1.2.0 - A new release that does a lot of work to clean up package repositories and versioning.