Noel Rappin Writes Here

2016/07

Focus Your RSpec Workflow

RSpec has options that will help you see your specs more clearly RSpec is a big library and the way you use it makes a big difference in how efficiently you can run specs. It has a lot of default configuration options that are generated when your application is created, but if your application is older than a few months, it’s likely there are some new and useful configuration options that you might like to add.

Write Bigger Code So You Can Focus

All your blocks should have whitespace… After two blog posts where I was very non-doctrinaire about really big topics, today I’m going to be absurdly doctrinaire about something trivial. Yep, it’s The Continuing Adventures of the Person Who Cares A Little Too Much About Whitespace. There are about four things that I do which appear to be different from the work setup of nearly every other developer I’ve ever worked with:

Rails Core Stack and Rails Prime Stack

It’s my software stack, with complexity! It’s not an unusual observation that there are two major philosophies about designing Rails applications, sometimes called the “Core” and “Prime” stacks. (Specifically, the name Prime stack comes from Steve Klabnik, though he calls the main stake the “Omakase Stack”, from DHH’s Rails is Omakase post) The Core stack is based on the way the Rails core team recommends Rails should be used, and is how Basecamp uses Rails, at least based on David Heinemeier Hansson’s public descriptions.


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