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Hi, I'm Chris.

I'm a software developer and consultant based in Plymouth, UK. This site is a collection of tutorials, thoughts and things I've learned in code, life, and running my business.

Moving to Blot

I recently switched this site from Jekyll to the managed service, Blot.… Continue reading →

11 December 2021 blog site

1000 Days of Calm

I really enjoy using Calm, mostly for sleep stories. A few years ago, what started out as a couple of minutes each day eventually built to a streak… Continue reading →

30 November 2021 calm meditation life

Rails and React: Fixing “Module not found” errors for JSX files

Recently, whilst exploring how we can use React with Rails at Plymouth Software, we were coming up against an error trying to run the simple "Hello World" tutorial for the React on Rails gem.… Continue reading →

22 July 2020 rails react react-on-rails jsx howto fix

Using MariaDB / MySQL Service Containers Azure in Devops Pipeline

I’ve recently been working a Rails application CI to Azure Devops Pipelines feature. As part of the migration, the app is also being bundled into… Continue reading →

22 December 2019 azure devops mysql mariadb howto tutorial

The Business of Software at FutureSync 2019

Last week I was lucky enough to give a talk at the FutureSync 2019 conference in Plymouth. Entitled “The Business of Software”, taking the time to… Continue reading →

3 May 2019 business futuresync conference plymouthsoftware

Rails 5: Matching Asset URLs in Feature Specs

As part of an ongoing Rails Upgrade for a large web application, I needed to update a feature spec that checked the URL of included assets. In… Continue reading →

5 October 2018 ruby rails rspec specs testing