I'm a consultant and software developer based in
Plymouth, UK. This site is a
collection of tutorials, thoughts and things I've learned in code,
life and running my business.
Today, I mostly help people and
organisations who use Ruby on Rails. I enjoy
learning new tools and technologies, though, as well as the art of
business. This means I'm often dabbling with new languages and frameworks, and
posting what I learn. My now page describes what
currently has my attention.
I recently discovered the excellent ActiveRecord store method whilst researching the best-practice for storing optional, flexible metadata against a record. store lets you keep simple key/value data into a single text column on your model.
2012 was the year I said farewell to my twenties, celebrated the birth of our beautiful baby daughter, and started to see some real growth in my business. Whilst blog posts were evidently sparse, it has been an absolutely incredible year, both personally and professionally. So much has happened that the past 12 months seem to have flown by.
While view tests are brittle, easily breaking when the design of a page changes, they are undoubtedly handy for checking the important parts of a page are rendered. I usually check for page titles, model attributes/tables or forms, and footer element, and so on.
Update April 2012: Well that was short-lived. I’ve moved back to Wordpress after Posterous sold to Twitter. Opinion seems to be that Posterous may not be around in the future, so I’ve switched back to self-hosting this blog. Posterous had some great advantages (see below), but its main benefit of posting by email still didn’t improve the frequency of my posts.
I needed a reasonable representation of the Google Nexus S for my site and some client proposal work. There are some stunning examples out there already, but those I found were generally in PSD or non-scalable PNG formats.
Every time I start a new Rails 3 project, I’m always caught out by its autoloading behaviour. Rails 3 will only require (and so autoload) a module when it is first encountered within the application code, for example by a call to include or require.