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 July 2016, I'm looking for my next job. 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 #778

Time Machine may quite possibly be the worst backup software I have used in the past 20 years. And that includes things that backed up to QIC40 tape.

  • ffaker - Faster rewrite of faker, with more utility methods too.
  • Rails/master is now 4.0.0.beta - If I get one Christmas wish, it'd be for Rails 4.0 to dial back some of the refacturbation.
  • SublimeText2RailsRelatedFiles - Another plugin for the Rails dev exploring ST2.
  • pismo - "Web page content analysis and metadata extraction." Currently saving my bacon on a prototype.
  • janky - GitHub's CI server, built on top of Jenkins with GitHub and Hubot integration.
  • Writing forward-compatible websites - Lots of good advice from Mozilla. I wonder how much of this better tools and frameworks can automate?
  • RailsConf 2012 - April 23-25 in Austin. Y'all have fun there.
  • pen.io - Easiest way I've seen yet to get a page on the internets. Well, PenZen makes it even easier - type, click save, boom it's posted.
  • Parse - Server-based data storage, push notifications, user management and social integration for iOS and Android applications.

Double Shot #777



Double Shot #776

  • Textmate 2 Tips - A collection of info from help files, figuring stuff out, and other sources.
  • DCI for dummies - In case the Wikipedia article I pointed to on Friday made your eyes glaze over.
  • Introducting Graphiti: An Alternate Frontend for Graphite - This looks like a pretty nice way to generate graphs from Ruby + Javascript.
  • SOLID JavaScript: The Single Responsibility Principle - First of a series on the SOLID design principles and their use in structuring your JavaScript.
  • bahia - Some sauce for adding acceptance tests for command-line utilities.
  • tabulous - Nice little gem for tabbed navigation in Rails projects, though the configuration is a bit…different from that for most things.
  • statuscats - Hopefully this will pass quickly, but until it does, here's Rack middleware to serve pictures of cats corresponding to HTTP status codes.
  • riaknostic - Diagnostic tools for Riak.
  • Sleep Deficit: The Performance Killer - No matter how much I understand this, it's tough to act on. One thing I have found useful is to play something like Tetris or Bejeweled for a few minutes when I'm feeling tired. If I can't get anywhere near my usual scores, I know I'm too tired for client work.
  • A Survey of the Rails Ecosystem - Dan Adams offers his opinions on what's out there. Plenty of links to choose from, too.

Double Shot #775

Maybe, just maybe, the year is ending on a high note.


Double Shot #774

Hard to stay one jump ahead of the customer when you oversleep by a couple of hours.