April Fools! How We Converted Our Site to “Doge” in Just 40 Lines of Code

I recently wrote a blog post describing how to create your own RubyGem. The sample gem produced, aptly named dogeify, converts English sentences into “Doge” based upon the recently popular meme. For April Fools’ Day, we thought it would be fun to implement this gem to convert our entire site into doge. Here’s how we did it.

Using Faux ActiveRecord Models in Rails 3

Implementing forms that are associated with models — specifically ActiveRecord objects — is pretty common when developing with Ruby on Rails. In fact, the built-in FormHelper assumes that you’re working with some kind of persisted object. But what happens when you want to create a form for something that is not persisted by an ActiveRecord model?

Sharing Sessions Between Rails and Node.js Using Redis

I’ve been spending my free hours lately working on a realtime multiplayer game. In building the game, I decided to build the front-end using Ruby on Rails with the actual game implemented using Node.js, specifically using Socket.IO. One of the first major challenges I encountered with this approach is the need to share session data[…]

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[…]

Rotating Paperclip Image Attachments in Rails

With users uploading personal photos, especially ones coming their phones that capture landscape photos in portrait mode and vice versa, one of the things I wanted to integrate into Black Book Singles is the ability to rotate photos. Since I’m using the Paperclip gem, this should be relatively easy to achieve through a custom attachment[…]