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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Notes on Rails and other development

Monday
Jun122017

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  • API Geriatrics - How to plan and manage the inevitable process of retiring an outdated API without pissing off all of your users.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).
Friday
Jun092017

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).

Thursday
Jun082017

Double Shot #1864

Wednesday
Jun072017

Double Shot #1863

  • Redux-Tiles - Library built on top of Redux to make it less verbose and otherwise better. I don't know enough yet to know if this is significant. I have a feeling I'd better learn, though.
  • asdf - An extendable version manager with plugins to handle all sorts of languages. Sort of like rvm or rbenv but for everything.
  • Tracebin - Easy & free application monitoring for Rails/Rack apps (as long as you don't need more than 24 hours of data).
  • terraform and GitHub labels - A tiny example showing how you can use this tool for a simple maintenance task.
  • Cloud Firewalls: Secure Droplets by Default - The latest from Digital Ocean. I need to look into this...
Tuesday
Jun062017

Double Shot #1862

  • AWS Docker Swarm Setup - Scripts to give you a 3 node cluster with pretty much just "push the button" effort. Uses Terraform to do the work.
  • Ruby Standard Gems - More and more of the Ruby standard library is being moved into gems. This is good, because it means faster bug fixes & fewer "big bang" updates.
  • Getting Hacked, Lessons Learned - There's always room to be more secure. Some good advice here, though my own approach to Bitcoin is "too silly to play with."