Blog / It's life, Jim, but not as we know it

Jolyon Pawlyn
May 10, 2013

Go faster tip of the week is an old one but has had such a major impact on speeding up tests in a current project (by 50%!) that I think it’s worth a plug. And here’s a pick of some of the juiciest jalapeƱos from around the web…

Postgres: the best tool you’re already using - Murray

Slides from railsconf about postgres. Not very aptly named as of course, many people aren’t using it. After reading it I’m more and more convinced that we should be. I’d normally shy away from embedding soo much logic or functionality in the SQL layer, but I suspect that’s because I’ve been burned by MySQL and MS SQL (the db engines I’ve used in anger in the past) being too weird. The flip side of that is that when I use a NoSQL db the features discussed in this talk are exactly the sort of things I’d be happy to leave up to the storage engine I’m using. Feels like it might be time to embrace them in a SQL db too.

Git - Jim

I’ve been using Atlassian’s SourceTree successfully for a while, it’s got a nice interface for the visual stuff.

They’ve also just released a very interesting-looking command line tool called tig

Video codec in JS and Git tig II - Matt

A couple of months ago my submissions to the UBXD Dev blog showcased some nifty Javascript displays. The bar has been raised with a new video codec capable of HD quality written entirely in javascript. The press release from last week is at and an analysis of these codecs can be found here

Prefer the command line to gui? Here’s a command-line git client which provides interactive operations normally found only in the more heavy-weight GUI counterparts. It’s also available via homebrew for the Mac users. Details at