How to install ruby pg gem without PostgreSQL locally

Let’s say you’re using Docker for your local development in order to keep your development system nice and clean. Not having to install all needed dependencies on your local machine (like for instance PostgreSQL) and have everything packaged and documented for all developers is one of the advantages containers bring us. But when developing in Rails, … Continue reading How to install ruby pg gem without PostgreSQL locally

Useful Ruby gems to improve your code quality and skills

How do you prevent your application to deteriorate over time? Or even improve your coding skills? That’s a question a lot of developers ask. I like to include some handy tools that help me check the state of an application and code. Since everything is changing so rapidly, it is sometimes hard to keep up with … Continue reading Useful Ruby gems to improve your code quality and skills

Rails: display message when collection is empty

When working on a CRUD based application, starting with the index view, you’ll want to display a collection. But when the collection is empty, you’ll want to let the user know the collection is empty, by showing a message. Most common scenario I have seen so far is the following construction: <% if @collection.length > … Continue reading Rails: display message when collection is empty

Don’t commit sensitive data

Although this might seem a common practice, you would be surprised how many times I come across projects that contain passwords and tokens. When connecting your application tot 3rd party services or even simpler than that, do you commit your production database settings in your repository ass well? Do all team member need access to … Continue reading Don’t commit sensitive data

Turn off asset logging in your Rails application

If you’re like me, tailing your development log might provide you with some useful information. The thing I like the most is viewing the details of the queries that happen in the background while you are using your application. But one thing that makes it harder to keep a proper view on the data that … Continue reading Turn off asset logging in your Rails application

Faster Capistrano deployments

“Release early, release often”, a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of early and frequent releases in creating a tight feedback loop. I’ve been trying to push my code to production as often as possible. But I’ve been having a problem with the asset pipeline. From the moment Capistrano hits the deploy:assets:precompile task, it might take … Continue reading Faster Capistrano deployments

Deployments automation with Capistrano

Deployments are a critical phase in any software project. I can still remember the time where I needed to deploy code changes to production using nothing more than FTP to upload all the changed files. Oh boy, the elevated heart rate, logged in on the production server to intervene when something went wrong. From time … Continue reading Deployments automation with Capistrano

Nginx and passenger install in production environment

So we’ve installed ruby as described in my previous post. But we are nothing with only a ruby installation. To serve our ruby / rails apps, we’ll need a webserver. Until last year, I always used Apache to do the heavy lifting. But after some research, I decided to make the switch to Nginx. Either … Continue reading Nginx and passenger install in production environment