Author Archives: Brian Jones

Monitoring Rails with statsd and graphite

Assuming you’ve googled this topic at all, you are bound to have come across this article from 37signals, pssst-your-rails-application-has-a-secret-to-tell-you. You can basically build an initializer doing all the things in that post to get started sending data to statsd. Statsd … Continue reading

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Ruby connection pooling made easy

If you ever want to have a connection pool, you need not reinvent the wheel because Mike Perham has done all the work for you already. Browse on over to connection_pool on github.

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Write your own custom RSpec formatter

Earlier this year I spent some time writing a custom RSpec formatter. The purpose in my case was to be able to automatically update a remote service with the results of testing some code. You can find that project here, … Continue reading

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Ruby’s Singleton and Custom Rails Application Configuration

A relatively simple way to load some configuration once and safely, is through the use of the Singleton module provided with Ruby. Accessing the instance is easy, call FooConfig.instance. This method is also thread-safe so no two threads are going … Continue reading

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Require a Gemfile from a Gemfile

It is probably best I don’t bother explaining how or why I ended up wanting to reference an existing Gemfile from another Gemfile, but suffice to say it is something I sort of needed to do. After a bit of … Continue reading

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Ruby segfault with net/http and openssl

I was attempting to push a new gem this evening and ruby 1.9.3 segfaulted. The dump indicated openssl and net/http as the issue. Pushing gem to https://rubygems.org… /Users/bjones/.rvm/rubies/ruby-1.9.3-p0/lib/ruby/1.9.1/net/http.rb:799: [BUG] Segmentation fault After a bit of googling I found a nice … Continue reading

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Updated safe_attributes now works with devise

After getting someone interested in using devise with safe_attributes to post a little information on the issue to github, I investigated and found something new. The model validators in ActiveRecord can be used on things other than attributes of the … Continue reading

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