9 posts tagged ruby on rails


January ends today, which I believe means that the statute of limitations on posts reflecting on the past year ends as well. I felt it would be remiss for me to not at least highlight a few things that I spent my time on last year.

2011 was a big year. As the year started, I was currently working on an as-yet unannounced, top-secret project for Threadless, alongside Good Apples.

Passenger: Command line done right

Huh. Maybe the command line doesn’t have to suck after all.

Paul Campbell over at Contrast has a great review of the little touches that went into making Phusion Passenger’s command line installation process more human-friendly.

It’s such a great example of the power of a) good copyrighting and b) meeting user’s where they’re at.

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Standards, Certifications, Guilds
& The Rails Maturity Model

Maintaining the status quo.

This post contains some extended thoughts that came out of a post I read on the Less Everything blog regarding An Alternative Rails Maturity Model idea.

I originally read the post the day it came out and I’ve been mulling over it. Something was bugging me. Not just about the idea of a Rails Maturity Model certification, but even the idea of a guild of some kind as proposed by Steven Bristol.

…trade guilds, trade associations and standards bodies maintain the status quo.

Here’s the thing (and I think this is provable time and time again in much more mature industries): trade guilds, trade associations and standards bodies maintain the status quo. They do everything they can to do so, even when it’s not to the benefit of the industry or the clients/customers of that industry.

The technical story of Muxtape

And why it was rewritten in Rails.

(via Muxtape)

The Ranting Rubyists

For a lot of reasons Ruby (and, by implication, Ruby on Rails) is polarizing. I love that people are really passionate about it—one way or the other.

But more importantly, I’m with Renae. I love what it allows me to do. I love that it has introduced me to a world where I can create solutions to problems, where I can build things that other people use in a way I never could before, for my clients, and for myself. But I don’t lose perspective about it. It’s a tool. Right now it’s one of the best I have available to me and I love using it. But there will be others.


This is a great write-up of Shopify’s transition to Passenger and the benefits. I first mentioned Passenger in this post. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s fun to read how it’s working out for other people. I’ve always thought that a solution like this would make Rails that much more viable.

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Myth #1: Rails is hard to deploy

David, talking about the new Phusion Passenger for deploying Rails apps. Up to this point I’ve settled into a Mongrel / nginx routine for our apps and liked it a lot (especially the light-weight footprint of nginx). But this looks like fun – I’ll have to give it a shot!