Two Headed Cat! Using Secondbase to provide some level of sanity in a two-database Rails application.

Rails has never played nice with using multiple databases. While it is very easy to go and set up a new connection via ActiveRecord.establish_connection, the niceties that rails provides just don't exist for your second database. Fixtures don't work without explicitly calling set_fixture_class and you do not have access to any of the database tasks or generators that are provided by rails. To help alleviate this pain point for us at CustomInk, Karle Durante wrote SecondBase five years ago to...

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The Art of Ruby Technical Interviews

This is an exciting time in the Ruby Community. We are welcoming many new developers from bootcamps and online code schools. We need more developers. We want to hire more developers. We want to hire you.

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RubyConf 5k 2015

CustomInkTech sponsored the RubyConf 5k in San Antonio, Texas. It was a beautiful course along the famous River Walk. The results are posted below. Special thanks to Stafford for designing the race course. And running it multiple times to set up and clean up.

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Microsoft's First Open Source DataCamp

Rarely do the words "open source" come to mind when the Microsoft Corporation is mentioned. As the maintainer of the SQL Server stack for both Ruby & Rails, and a long time Apple/UNIX fan, I have been engineering solutions to make working with SQL Server as easy as possible. Often times the work has required outside in hacks to a closed & proprietary set of technologies. That changed last week.

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Inkovate 2015 Lightning Talks

Each year, our engineers gather together for an internal conference we call Inkovate. This year, we started with a series of lightning talks. Topics included everything from emerging technologies to useful tool tips. We recorded the talks to share with the Ruby community. Inkovate 2015 was a huge success. After the lightning talks, our engineers spent 2 days hacking on anything they fancied. The results exceeded our expectations. Unleashed creativity brings true inkovation. We’ll share more about the projects in...

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How to Dismantle a Data Center

Sorry for the bad reference to a great U2 Album, but taking out a data center was not as an easy endeavor as it seemed. It took too much planning, coordination, prioritization and sometimes resorted to endless begging for an engineer or developer to get applications moved, but that’s another story. I’m here to share the fun of finally getting a chance to tearing down the hard work, rip out all of the well routed networking cables and pull the...

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Ruby For Good

This weekend I had the pleasure of co-hosting Ruby For Good, a conference that brings programmers together to work on projects for a variety of charities and non-profit organizations. This year, adorable kittens were involved.

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