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 #526

Hopefully this will be the day to get rid of some of the peskier bugs.

  • Baseline - Yet another CSS design framework.

  • Testing Paperclip on S3 with Cucumber & Factory Girl - A how-to from Thoughtbot.

  • Apigee - "Analytics and Protection for APIs and Mashups." Looks quite useful if you want things like rate-throttling and don't want to code them yourself.

  • Ruby Version Manager - Gem to handle switching easily between multiple ruby installs. Early days, haven't played with it myself but it's getting some good Twitter buzz.

  • ruby-debug19 - Port of ruby-debug to ruby 1.9.

Double Shot #525

Back to the dentist today. The fun just never ends.

  • qusion - Rails plugin for more seamless use of AMQP for messaging.

  • gemfeed - Get an RSS feed of updates to a set of gems you choose to watch. With a bit more polish, this will be useful.

  • Ruby One Niner - Another tale of upgrading a server to the current version of Ruby.

  • Decentralization of _why's Projects - The status of the recovered code and its keepers.

  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Compatibility List - I'm on the fence about taking the upgrade pain now or later.

  • gu - Little app to use 37signals' Backpack as the storage engine for a simple CMS.

Double Shot #524

Mostly what happened over the weekend is Rails Rumble, but here are a few non-Rumble links anyhow.

  • Hijack - Get an IRB session in an existing Ruby process. (via Ruby Inside)

  • Humane Email Validation - Ned Batchelder proposes a simple heuristic that will work most of the time.

  • RestMS - Newish internet message queuing protocol that seeks to build on the best parts of AMQP and AtomPub.

  • Announcing "Socialite" - Rails plugin to generate all those "submit this site to these bazillion social networking site" icons.

  • Rio - Facade to unify the functionality of all sorts of ruby I/O classes.

  • Roodi 2.0 - Big rewrite for this gem to check for design issues in ruby code.

Double Shot #523

There's early and then there's insanely early.


Double Shot #522

There is way too much on my desk waiting to be done. I blame running around to things with the kids.