Category: Rails

structuring your RSpec project

it is an established convention to put all your rails tests or spec in the test/spec folder. “even jasmine javascript files”: go in spec/javascripts… seriously, wtf? “cucumber features”: on the other hand go in the features folder… so? while i don’t like cucumber (because of the additional complexity that comes with “gherkin”:, i like the […]

monkey-patching Rails

I’ve been working a bit on a rails plugin for debugging html templates that we use at “Shopify”: called “partially_useful”: It’s a very simple helper that adds HTML-comments to the rendered source, so that you can inspect it easily in your browser’s developer toolbar. The comment hints look like this: […] There are way more […]

Debugging Rails Applications in Development

I’ve been spending a lot of time answering questions on “Stack Overflow”: lately. From what I read, most of the questions come from unexperienced developers. It’s not easy to understand their questions because they often lack code examples, stack-traces or application logs. Because of that I keep repeating a lot of stuff in the comments […]

Bringing Usergroups on Ruby

I am one of the “organizers”: of the local “Ruby Usergroup in Hamburg”: for over two years now. We meet on a regular basis, every second wednesday each month. Some times we meet in a bar to grab some beers, some times we have full fledged community events with sponsors and high quality talks. All […]

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 […]