Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your First Ruby Gem

Building your first Ruby gem may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually not so bad. It’s quite rewarding to not only release a gem, but to see its download count climb as others put your hard work to good use, and even still as others offer to contribute new features and bug fixes to your very own gem. And thanks to RubyGems.org and Bundler, the process of creating, releasing, and implementing gems couldn’t be easier.

Implement Multiple Table Inheritance Into Your ActiveRecord Models

This past week, I released my first ever Ruby gem: multiple_table_inheritance. Multiple Table Inheritance is an ActiveRecord plugin designed for Rails 3.0+ designed to make table-level inheritance easier than ever. Imagine you have an application that needs to maintain a list of employees. You’ll probably start out with a few columns including first name, last[…]