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.


A Fresh Cup

Notes on Rails and other development


Double Shot #1869


Double Shot #1868

  • Tachyons - Lightweight responsive CSS framework.
  • The Future of MDN: A Focus on Web Docs - Nice to see that Mozilla is committed to keeping & enhancing the MDN repository for all web developers to use.
  • Welder - Plain shell script alternative to Ansible et al for setting up a new server.
  • Corneal - "A Sinatra app generator with Rails-like simplicity", able to spin up new apps as well as models, views, and controllers.
  • OSX/MacRansom - Ransomware for MacOS is apparently getting commoditized. Here's an analysis of one new entrant in the market.

Double Shot #1867


Double Shot #1866

  • google-drive-ruby - Gem to read and write files and spreadsheets on Google Drive (or in Google Docs, depending on which branding you're using). There was a time when I could have really used this.
  • API Geriatrics - How to plan and manage the inevitable process of retiring an outdated API without pissing off all of your users.
  • Codescout - Search engine for Rubygems that tries to rank results in a sensible order.
  • OK Computer - Server health check endpoint for Rails application. Features sensible defaults & pluggable extensions. One less thing to build yourself.
  • The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: June 2017: Kotlin sticks its nose into the tent this month. Will be interesting to see how its trajectory looks over the next half year or so.
  • Triple the Hope - On When Venture Capitalists Pay Water Bills - No, it has nothing to do with software. Yes, if you click any link today, it should be this one. (The 3x match is over, but it's still a worthwhile cause).

Double Shot #1865

I'm still looking at various opportunities, but nothing has clicked yet. So if you could use an experienced Rails dev, with interests and skills in many areas, feel free to reach out to me. Formal CV is all over the place, including LinkedIn. (And if you're a Fresh Cup reader, feel free to connect with me even if you aren't ready to offer me a job).