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.

As of October 2016, I'm not actively looking for my next job, but I'm still happy to chat about potential opportunities. I'm not able to relocate, so unless you're in the Evansville area, I'd need a completely remote gig. I have lots of experience working remote. Prefer full-time but I wouldn't be averse to an interesting contact gig. Drop me a comment if you've got something or email MikeG1 [at] larkfarm.com.


A Fresh Cup

Notes on Rails and other development


Double Shot #1766

  • Profitwell - Fancy SAAS metrics dashboards for all the companies tryign to make it in SAAS. Very meta.
  • Switching from macOS: The Basics - Looks like elementary OS is getting a bit of extra PR with the disappointment over the Mac Pro update.
  • The People's Code - Open source portal for the Federal government. Though I have to be skeptical these days about open source being "America's nest breakthrough."

Double Shot #1765

  • KMS - Another new entry in the Rails CMS field, with PostgreSQL on the backend and AngularJS in front.
  • Darling - Darling is to macOS binaries as Wine is to Windows binaries: a translation layer to run them on Linux.
  • Using DTrace to measure mutex contention in Ruby - Debugging into low level thread code is sometimes useful, though personally I am not smart enough for threaded code in any case.

Double Shot #1764

  • Total Nightmare: USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 - I'm sure glad the new Macs are so thin, because it was totally worth this cabling mess. Not. Luckily for me I'm probably done buying Macs.
  • GraphicsMagick - Another alternative to ImageMagick that looks worth investigating.
  • The Mac Platform Decline - Apple no longer has any real incentive to ship a developer platform. I've been saying this for years, but with the latest MBP announcements plenty of other people are noticing.

Double Shot #1763


Double Shot #1762

  • HexaPDF - New PDF creation and manipulation library for Ruby.
  • Sqreen - Security code that sits inside your application to block common attacks. Available for ruby/python/node.
  • Parsing JSON is a Minefield - This is why we can't have nice things.