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Fast Tests
Episode #413Apr 10, 201332 comments

Fast Tests

A slow test suite can put a damper on test-driven development. In this episode I show a variety of ways to optimize specs including: selective testing, preloading Rails, and testing outside of Rails. (17 minutes)
Testing JavaScript with PhantomJS
Episode #391Nov 07, 201220 comments

Testing JavaScript with PhantomJS

PhantomJS allows us to test JavaScript without going through a browser window. Here I show how to do this using Capybara and Poltergeist. I also give some tips on handling database transactions and skipping javascript tests. (10 minutes)
Trinidad
Episode #377Aug 30, 201223 comments

Trinidad

Trinidad is designed to serve JRuby web applications and gives you the power of Java while still keeping the feel of traditional Rails deployment. Here I show how to setup a Capistrano recipe, configure it, and more. (15 minutes)
Monit
Episode #375Aug 16, 201219 comments

Monit

Monit can help ensure your Rails app stays up and running smoothly. Here I show how to set it up, receive alerts, and keep tabs on it through a web interface. (16 minutes)
Client-Side Performance
Episode #369Jul 24, 201213 comments

Client-Side Performance

Optimizing Rails performance can only take you so far. The client-side plays a big part in how fast a page feels. Here I show many tools that can help make your apps faster than ever. (14 minutes)
Celluloid
Episode #367Jul 18, 201228 comments

Celluloid

Celluloid puts an object-oriented spin on multi-threaded development. Here I cover the fundamental features of Celluloid in several examples. (11 minutes)
Facebook Open Graph
Episode #363Jul 02, 201217 comments

Facebook Open Graph

This episode builds on last week's episodes and shows how to integrate Facebook further through the Open Graph protocol. You will also learn how to tunnel your local server and move Facebook communication into a background process. (11 minutes)
Facebook Graph API
Episode #361Jun 25, 201218 comments

Facebook Graph API

Learn how to use the Facebook Graph API with the Koala gem to fetch data from Facebook and post content through a user. Here I delve into permissions, error handling, and more. (14 minutes)
A Look at Meteor
Episode #351May 16, 201261 comments

A Look at Meteor

Meteor is a JavaScript framework for building rich client-side applications. Here I re-create the Raffler app to compare with Backbone.js and Rails. Meteor may not be related to Rails, but I think many will find it interesting. (15 minutes)
Hstore
Episode #345Apr 24, 201253 comments

Hstore

With hstore you can add schema-less data to PostgreSQL. This allows you to store model attributes without creating separate database columns. Watch how to do this using the activerecord-postgres-hstore gem. (10 minutes)