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What did you do to get good at Rails?
Initially started with the Agile Web Dev with Rails book, used that to build an all-AJAX Twitter app back when Twitter was shiney and new. Demo'd that to work and that rolled into a pilot project using Ruby/Rails to tie a couple of backend APIs together into a reporting app. I decided I loved it all so much that I began some client projects on the side.
Who taught you what you know?
Mostly self-taught ... worked with other techs for many years, so most of the learning was in details of Ruby and the platform rather than "oh this is a model" level.
Do you have any fond (or not so fond) memories of your learning experiences?
The first time I built AJAX using about 3 lines of code. Coming from PHP and Java this was all previously manual. These days everyone has been inspired by Rails, but it's very easy to forget that at the time it was so far aheadf of the curve it was like magic.
What was your first production app and what did you learn from it?
View RAMLHelloWorld.rb
class MyClass
def my_method
puts "Hello World"
View RAML.rb
class MyClass < MyOtherClass
include MyModule
def my_method
puts "Hello World"
tobyhede / install_rails.markdown
Created Nov 20, 2010
From 0 to Rails in several whiles using homebrew and rvm
View install_rails.markdown
tobyhede / Redis Commands
Created Feb 24, 2011
Redis samples commands from Melbourne February Ruby on Rails meetup
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brew install redis
To start redis manually:
redis-server /usr/local/etc/redis.conf
To access the server:
tobyhede /
Created Mar 15, 2011
Mimesis - Simple Test Server in 10 lines
http = require('http')
http.createServer( (req, res) ->
[ out, statusCode ] = req.url.split("/")[1..2]
res.writeHead(statusCode or 200, 'Content-Type': 'text/plain')
res.end(out or req.url)
).listen(3000, "")
console.log("Mimesis Started (")
tobyhede /
Created Apr 11, 2011
Merge one git repo into another, keeping the commit history
git remote add -f {name} {path}
git merge -s ours --no-commit {name}/master
git read-tree --prefix={local-path}/ -u {name}/master
git commit -m "merge {name}"

git remote add -f coursesearch-404
git merge -s ours --no-commit coursesearch-404/master
git read-tree --prefix=coursesearch-404/ -u coursesearch-404/master
git commit -m "merge coursesearch-404"

Continuous CoffeeScript testing with Guard and Jasmine

This Gist shows how to set up a Rails project to practice BDD with CoffeeScript, Guard and Jasmine. You can see this setup in action on Vimeo

  • Install Gems with Bundler with bundle install
  • Define your guards with mate Guardfile
  • Initialize Jasmine with bundle exec jasmine init
  • Configure Jasmine with mate spec/support/yasmine.ym
  • Start Guard with bundle exec guard
tobyhede /
Created Jul 31, 2011 — forked from tcr/
Serial/Parallel functions in CoffeeScript
# Asynchronous DSL for CoffeeScript
serial = (f) ->
next = -> arr.shift().apply(null, arguments) if arr.length
arr = (v for k, v of f(next))
parallel = (f, after = ->) ->
res = {}; arrc = 0
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