Active Record abstracts away much of the need to use SQL on a daily basis. But understanding what's going on behind the scenes is still important. Here's how understanding SQL can make you a better Rails developer.
(February 18, 2019)
A new version of my book, featuring a migration to system specs and a couple of major errata fixes, is ready for download from Leanpub!
(August 22, 2018)
In case you missed it, I've guested on a couple of podcasts in 2018.
(July 18, 2018)
Ruby's dependency manager, Bundler, includes lots of features to help make life as a developer a little easier. Here are a few of my favorites, and the shortcuts I've written to make them even simpler to use.
(June 11, 2018)
A progress report on the latest round of updates to my Rails testing book.
(April 21, 2018)
Many developers strive for 100% test coverage in their Rails applications, but what does that mean? And does it matter? Here's how I use the wonderful SimpleCov to help guide my testing.
(March 23, 2018)
Support for Rails 5.1 system testing is now available to RSpec fans like you and me. Here's how I moved my book's feature specs to system specs.
(January 08, 2018)
It's the middle of December, which means a new version of Ruby will be released in just a few days. Even if you don't plan on upgrading your Rails applications to the latest version on day one, it's never a bad time to begin planning your next upgrade.
(December 18, 2017)
Do you need yet another reason to move code out of controllers and into service (or whatever you want to call them) objects? How about better, forward-thinking testability?
(November 20, 2017)
The final chapter of my Rails testing book is now available for download. Here's what's new, and what's coming next.
(October 19, 2017)