To the Cloud!

This month, WebOps overcame one of our final hurdles to rid ourselves of managing hardware, joining the likes of Netflix, AirBnB, and Dropbox in the cloud. We had been on a steady migration path and each step of the way, it has been a win for everyone; WebOps, Developers, Business Customers and most importantly, our customers. CustomInk now has more server capacity at it’s disposal than AOL when I left in 2010 all for an incremental hourly fee.

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Customizing Rake Tasks In Rails 4.1 And Higher

I have been overriding, invoking, and executing custom Rake tasks since I was an early Ruby developer. Tweaking your project's automated tasks are likely the closest thing Rails developers come to building their own light saber. Most popular are adding or changing how the Rails test suite behaves. For example, adding Capybara to your project. Recently I have been upgrading projects from 3.2 to 4.2 and one thing that really stood out to me was how Rails testing tasks are...

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ActiveRecord 4.2's Type Casting

Last month Rails 4.2 was released and if you have been keeping up with my posts, I even covered how you can upgrade from 3.2 to 4.2 in one step! This speaks volumes to how easy it is to adopt to outward facing API changes within our beloved framework. But often times, version changes bring implementation changes that we never see. For example, all of Aaron Patterson's work for AdequateRecord Pro™ are performance optimizations that affect no outward API interface...

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RubyConf5k 2014 in San Diego

We were proud to organize and sponsor the RubyConf5k in San Diego for a second time. 75 conference attendees woke up early after a late night of Ruby karaoke for a scenic run around the marina. The camaraderie of the Ruby community was highlighted by the support the runners showed for each other. Many running a 5k for the first time. Congratulations to all the participants. Here are the official results.

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eComic Con 2014

Halloween is a special time at CustomInk, especially for a group of technologists who have a healthy appreciation for Sci-Fi and comic books. This year, our eCommerce group decided to hold an eComic-con and let our imaginations run wild.

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Welcome Arild Shirazi!

He beat us to the punch, but we'd like to give Arild a warm welcome to CustomInk.

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Managing Your Local Project Repos

Git is great for managing a project. And Github is a great way to share your git managed project with your teammates and the world. But, how do you manage all of those projects locally? I'm not claiming this is the only way or even the best way. It's just my way of managing the repos I need to have locally. So let's get down to it.

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