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 #1845

  • Introducing Stack Overflow Trends - A new way to play the "my programming language is better than yours" game. (Ruby is still comfortably ahead of Elixir by the way).
  • Das Keyboard 5Q - Mechanical switches and colored LED keytops that can be controlled over the internet. So kind of a 50-pixel output device.
  • Prepack - "A tool for making JavaScript code run faster" by optimizing away as many object allocations and intermediate computations as possible. Not for production use but probably worth keeping an eye on.
  • CPU Utilization is Wrong - top(1) is not telling you what you think it is telling you.
  • Gixy - Static configuration analyzer for nginx, focused mainly on security issues.

Double Shot #1844


Double Shot #1843

  • Learn Node - Training to build apps with Node.js, Express, MongoDB and other modern tools. A new video course from Wes Bos at an introductory $72 price.
  • Griddy - Interactive tool that lets you explore how CSS grids work.
  • URI Valet - Quick dump of all sorts of diagnostic information about web sites and servers.
  • How to Add Vue to a Rails 5.1 App - A quick run through some of this newfangled webpack stuff.

Double Shot #1842


Double Shot #1841

I was right, I'm back on the job market. Would love to go back to just writing code in a no-BS environment. MikeG1 [at] larkfarm.com.

  • UglifyJS 3 - New release of this JavaScript parter/minifier/compressor/beautifier. Not backwards compataible and only supporting ES5.
  • Active Admin 1.0.0 - Now with Rails 5.1 support and a shiny new version number. This framework for creating admin UI for Rails applications has survived a lot of changes along the way.
  • Segment Open Fellowship 2017 - They're planning to support 3-5 open source projects with $8000 per month for 3 months. Application deadline is May 8, so hurry if you're interested.