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The Rails Hammer

Give the new batch of static app CLIs a chance before making them Rails engines

Patrick Robertson
January 22, 2015

If you find me out in the wild and talk to me about what I'm excited about, topic #1 is most likely going to be how much Ember-CLI rocks. Here's a rough list as to why:

  • Fully decoupled front-end and back-end code. Ember deploys down to four static files that rely on external JSON apis to do rich data access. We can think of front-end . . .

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Constructing a Front-end Ecosystem with Ember CLI

duplicating the interoperability that SOA has on our backend

Patrick Robertson
January 18, 2015

Roughly three years ago at Iora Health I began pitching the engineering group on splitting our monolithic application infrastructure down into a SOA platform. There's a lot of data and problem domain in your medical record. It's not uncommon for startups to be focusing one of the areas of the domain we function in (biometric markers, . . .

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Controlling Indirect Inputs

Patrick Robertson
February 19, 2014

I'm going to talk a little bit today about indirect inputs in Ruby and how the relate to you as a tester of Ruby software. In a complicated system we'll have a ton of these things and it is important to understand some options we have to take control of them.

Defining and Framing Indirect Inputs

Let's take a simple example that is . . .

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Sous Vide

Ultimate in #lazychef technology

Patrick Robertson
February 11, 2014

I've had a strong interest in cooking for a number of years and as a remote worker I've been able to spend more time than I used to in the kitchen. I've gotten adept enough that I generally prefer what I can do to eating out in Manchester, NH (there are a few very tasty exceptions). The problem is that I've found I can only . . .

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Thoughts on Staying Still

Also why I am so scared of ageism in software

Patrick Robertson
January 30, 2014

Today marks the end of my fathers software career. He's been in the business for about thirty years now, having gone back to school for computer science after going on strike with his friends and colleagues in 1981. He graduated top of his class at KU and was recruited directly by IBM.

My pops did pretty amazing things with computers . . .

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Culling ActiveRecord Callbacks

Save future you some time and effort and use a Service Object instead

Patrick Robertson
January 27, 2014

I recently went on a short rant on the BostonRB Mailing List about avoiding the ActiveRecord Lifecycle events which may or may not be actually related to the question that Denis Haskin posed in the first place. People wanted to view this rant in the form of a blog post and I'm a man that does what the people want.

At Iora we have a rule . . .

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