Category Archives: programming

Basic Introduction to Mysql InnoDB Performance Tuning – What are the best resources?

I used to manage a couple very large MySQL Databases (like, 1TB+). They were huge, unforgiving beasts with an endless appetite to cause me stomach problems. I read everything I could find on MySQL Performance Tuning and innodb. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Securing Cloud-Based Ruby on Rails Applications: Why I like Engine Yard.

A customer of mine referred me to an article on Cloud Deployment on Amazon Web Services’ EC2 platform that discussed common security holes users are leaving in their instances. The article, Amazon’s Cloud is Full of Holes, warned that poor … Continue reading

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JQuery-UI verus SimpleForm for Rails Forms processing

Recently, I had a conversation with a colleague about using JQuery UI to layout form processing for a Ruby on Rails application. I cautioned them against it. In general, I’ve found more success using the simple_form library for generating form … Continue reading

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Interview with Eric S. Raymond – “Who Owns Unix?”

[This is a reprint of an interview I did with Eric Raymond a number of years ago that originally appeared in LinuxWorld Magazine (LWM, the initials you see in the article). I was Editor-in-Chief of the magazine at the time. … Continue reading

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Interview with David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH), Creator of Ruby on Rails.

[This article originally appeared as the cover story Linux Journal Issue #147, published in July of 2006 -- back when I was still just learning Ruby on Rails. -- Kevin Bedell] Kevin: For our readers who are unfamiliar with Ruby … Continue reading

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Open Source Developers Are Rock Stars!

When I was a kid, all I wanted to be was a rock star. I wanted to play guitar, get up on stage, and have everyone scream while I cranked out some hard rockin’ tune. I wanted to see lighters … Continue reading

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BarCamp Boston 6, April 9-10, 2011 Cambridge, MA

Make sure you don’t miss one of the best tech events of the year in the Boston Area: Barcamp Boston 6, April 9-10 in Cambridge, MA. From the site: “BarCamp Boston is Boston’s geek unconference, organized on the fly by … Continue reading

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Example code for storing environment-specific configuration variables in rails

Here’s some example code I’ve used for storing configuration variables using Ruby on Rails. This code allows for defaults as well, so you only have to specify variables per environment if they override the default value. This first file should … Continue reading

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How to validate an email address using regular expressions

Anyone who writes web applications has likely built forms for users to enter their e-mail address. It’s considered a part of our basic identity now – like our name and address. It’s expected we have them. But then, inevitably, once … Continue reading

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‘seed’ data versus ‘testing’ data (and custom rake tasks) for Ruby on Rails

I’ve been a part of discussions on how to define ‘seed’ data versus ‘testing’ data on a Ruby on Rails project. Here’s a summary of what I’ve seen work well — please comment if you have anything to add. Data … Continue reading

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