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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. http://www.simonecarletti.com/blog/2010/07/the-way-to-rails-3/


MattP

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 https://blog.twitter.com/2013/new-tweets-per-second-record-and-how explains how they’ve overcome some of the scaling difficulties.

lolcommits

http://mroth.github.io/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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkBVAi3oKvo Project on github at https://github.com/FredrikNoren/ungit

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 http://css-tricks.com/viewport-sized-typography/


Sven A

Interesting parts about Unix programming in Ruby

http://tomayko.com/writings/unicorn-is-unix

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

https://github.com/MrMEEE/bumblebee-Old-and-abbandoned/commit/a047be85247755cdbe0acce6f1dafc8beb84f2ac


Pawel J

Top sites built on rails

https://netguru.co/blog/posts/top-10-sites-built-with-ruby-on-rails

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

http://www.zhubert.com/


Ben J

New firebug

https://hacks.mozilla.org/2013/08/firebug-1-12-new-features/

Rob Conery On how developing in javascript has gotten better

http://wekeroad.com/2013/08/22/js-frameworks-are-amazing-and-no-one-is-happy?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wekeroad%2FEeKc+%28Rob+Conery%29