Pow, meet rbenv

I just ran into a problem with Pow when using rbenv for Ruby version management whereby Rails apps were not launching properly, giving the the following error message: Error starting application Your Rack app raised an exception when Pow tried to run it. Bundler::GemNotFound: Could not find ??? in any of the sources Turns out […]

Using both Pow and Apache on OSX Lion

I have written previously about using Pow for Ruby/Rails development. Pow is great if you are purely developing in Ruby, however I’ve recently found myself needing to edit a WordPress site. Pow intercepts requests to port 80 by default meaning that no requests can make it through to the default Apache installation on OSX. I’ve […]

Loving MongoDB but Missing Transactions

I’ve been venturing into the world of MongoDB via Mongoid in a Rails app. On one hand it’s a breath of fresh air (no migrations, flexible schemas etc.) but on the other hand I really, really miss transactions. If somebody asked me if I used transactions much in MySQL, I would probably have said no… […]

Using Pow when developing Rails applications on OSX

I heard about Pow a while ago which is “a zero-config Rack server for Mac OS X” but never got around to giving it a go. I’ve just installed it and can instantly see that it is going to make developing with Rails (or any Rack app) a whole lot nicer, especially when dealing with […]

Using Artifice to Stub Server Responses

In a recent project I needed a way to fake a response from a server in my Cucumber features. Specifically, I was testing integration with a payment gateway and wanted to stub it’s responses based on different requests. In the past I have used FakeWeb, however it becomes a little hairy when you need to […]

Why I stopped using Pickle with Cucumber

…no, not because it leaves a bitter aftertaste, I’m talking about the Pickle step definitions for Cucumber. I have lately been using Pickle when writing Cucumber features, however I have come to the conclusion that this is a bad idea. The reason being that when using Pickle, you create entries directly, whereas the whole point […]

Devise Rails Authentication Gem Rocks!

I’ve had a set of rather bespoke requirements for authentication on a recent project and thought I’d give Devise a go. Devise uses Warden, which is an authentication solution build on Rack making it extremely flexible and usable across multiple frameworks e.g. Rails/Sinatra. Also, Devise is extremely modular meaning to can easily write custom “strategies” […]

Rails: Using Autotest with UnitRecord

Myself and a colleague have just managed to waste away a good couple of hours trying to figure out Autotests strange ‘style’ mechanism to add the ability to “test in the way Jay Fields explains”:http://blog.jayfields.com/2007/09/rails-how-we-test.html using “UnitRecord”:http://unit-test-ar.rubyforge.org/. You can grab our plugin to enable “UnitRecord”:http://unit-test-ar.rubyforge.org/ when using “Autotest”:http://rubyforge.org/projects/zentest below: “http://svn.soniciq.com/public/rails/plugins/iq_autotest”:http://svn.soniciq.com/public/rails/plugins/iq_autotest By default, running autotest in […]

SonicIQ Hiring! – UK, Ruby on Rails Developer Required

We are looking for a Ruby on Rails, XHTML & CSS Developer to join our team at “SonicIQ”:http://soniciq.com. Head over to “43folders job board to view our ad”:http://jobs.43folders.com/job/6a5255713e8351a5eb2efef7805b7629/?d=1. These are exiting times with projects like “Propel’r”:http://propelr.com in the pipeline, along with the ever-growing opportunities for new and interesting client projects. If you are a highly […]