Read my latest article: 8 things I look for in a Ruby on Rails app (posted Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:59:00 GMT)

8 things I look for in a Ruby on Rails app

Posted by Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:59:00 GMT

As a consultant, I’ve looked over a shitload (how many? probably ~150-200) over the last 12 1/2 years in the Ruby on Rails community. I haven’t worked on most of them, but I do get invited to look over, review, audit, and provide feedback on a lot of those.

Over on the Planet Argon blog I’ve shared my quick hit list of a few initial things that I look for when looking over an existing code base.

Read Ruby on Rails Code Audits: 8 Steps to Review Your App

Lessons in Open Source

Posted by Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:04:00 GMT

A few months ago, I wrote an article on Medium about my experience of starting Oh My Zsh. Thought I’d share it for the few lingering readers over here, too.

d’Oh My Zsh: How I unexpectedly built a monster of an open source project

PostgreSQL is the preferred database of Ruby on Rails developers

Posted by Fri, 03 Jun 2016 06:08:00 GMT

The 2016 Rails Hosting community survey results are in. One of the numbers that I’m tickled with joy about? 84% of Rails developers said they’d prefer to use PostgreSQL.

We won!

Check out all the survey results at

2016 Rails hosting survey is open

Posted by Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:50:22 GMT

If you’ve not taken the 2016 Rails hosting survey, please do so at

Tom on Automatic Differentiation

Posted by Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:19:00 GMT

Tom Stuart posted up an excellent article on Automatic Differentiation in Ruby with links to his talk slides and video.

Action Cable demo by DHH in Rails 5

Posted by Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:08:00 GMT

David was kind enough to put together a demonstration of how to take advantage of Action Cable in Rails 5.

In the video he puts together a small chat application.

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