Author: phoet

Senior Developer – My Ass!

We were drinking beers recently, when we decided that we needed to do something against this whole _Senior Developer_ bullshit. Every Programmer that has done more than three keystrokes considers himself a _Senior_ these days… That was when “@rubiii”: and “me”: came up with calling ourselves *Señor Developer* and putting a mustache on our “XING […]

Karotz + Ruby = Love

I made myself a little present this christmas by putting a “Karotz”: under my christmas tree. This little digital bunny robot is the 3rd generation of a gadget that was once known as “Nabaztag”: Karotz can connect to the internet and you can deploy applications on it. It’s a tiny multitalent, speaks, blinks, turns his […]

Ruby Quirks

Once in a while I come accross some Ruby code where I don’t know why it is doing stuff the way it does… h2. Ternary Operator I am using the Ternary Operator quite a lot, because it keeps the code concise and often times more readable then long if-else statements. One thing that I discovered […]

Improved ASIN documentation

Beeing sick sucks, but on the other hand there is a lot of spare time… So, while sitting on my couch, I created a new resource for documentation of my pet project the “asin gem”:, which you can “find on heroku”: If you have any additions or questions feel free to “fork the project”: or […]

Heroku Cedar Background Jobs for free!

I’m using Heroku mostly for playing around with latest technology and hosting free apps. Since Heroku “changed their pricing model”: due to the introduction of “the new process model”: some of my apps changed from free to paid, especially those that had some background jobs or nightly crons (I really did not get, why this […]