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Ben Janecke
August 23, 2013

Richard Stobart

Still not on Rails 3?

You will need to bite the bullet sooner or later and sooner is better than later in most cases. Have a look at Simon Carletti’s post for some useful hints and tips.


An insight into Twitter’s scaling

Though they now use multiple other technologies, it’s relatively well known in the rails community that Twitter started off as a rails site. They’ve since grown to such a scale that daily usage is in excess of 500million tweets, at an average rate of 5.7k tweets per second. The engineering blog is fascinating, and this post explains how they’ve overcome some of the scaling difficulties.

lolcommits Quoting from the website: lolcommits takes a snapshot with your webcam every time you git commit code, and archives a lolcat style image with it. Git blame has never been so much fun.

Drag and drop git UI

A drag'n'drop git UI which can rebase and merge. Intro video at Project on github at

Viewport-based text sizing

CSS3 has some new values for sizing things relative to the current viewport size: vw, vh, and vmin. Whilst bleeding-edge at present (available in Chrome 20+, Safari 6+, IE 10+, Firefox 19+). But what are these units? They are for laying out text (text size and line width) relevant to the viewport size. Details at

Sven A

Interesting parts about Unix programming in Ruby

And an example of why it’s not always a good idea to roll your own solution instead of using system utilities

Pawel J

Top sites built on rails

A great series of blog posts that explore and explain the Rails source code

Ben J

New firebug

Rob Conery On how developing in javascript has gotten better