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Extracting a Ruby Gem
Episode #301Nov 21, 20119 comments

Extracting a Ruby Gem

In this episode I show how to extract a Ruby Gem from an existing Rails application, test it with RSpec and Supermodel, and add a Railtie. (16 minutes)
Getting Started with Spree
Episode #298Nov 14, 201131 comments

Getting Started with Spree

Spree allows you to quickly turn a Rails project into a full eCommerce application. Here I show how to set it up and configure the look and feel of the store. (10 minutes)
Running JavaScript in Ruby
Episode #297Nov 07, 201124 comments

Running JavaScript in Ruby

Sometimes logic needs to be shared between the server-side (Ruby) and the client-side (JavaScript). Here I show how to run JavaScript directly in Ruby through ExecJS and therubyracer. (14 minutes)
Mercury Editor
Episode #296Nov 07, 201174 comments

Mercury Editor

Mercury allows you to edit a section of HTML directly in the web browser through a WYSIWYG editor. Here I show how to integrate Mercury into a Rails app and save the changes back to the database. (11 minutes)
PDFs with Prawn (revised)
Episode #153Nov 03, 201152 comments

PDFs with Prawn (revised)

Prawn is an excellent Ruby library for generating PDF documents. Here you will learn how to add it to a Rails application through a separate PDF renderer class. (11 minutes)
Sharing Mustache Templates
Episode #295Oct 31, 201130 comments

Sharing Mustache Templates

Mustache is a simple, logic-less templating language which allows you to use the same template for both Ruby and JavaScript. See how to set it up with a custom template handler in this episode. (17 minutes)
Playing with PJAX
Episode #294Oct 31, 201153 comments

Playing with PJAX

PJAX allows you to quickly update a section of a page using AJAX with automatic pushState support. Here I show how to use both pjax_rails and rack-pjax gems. (8 minutes)
Exception Notifications (revised)
Episode #104Oct 20, 201122 comments

Exception Notifications (revised)

Few things are worse than seeing a "Something went wrong" 500 error on your production application. Here I show how to be notified when this happens using exception_notification and mention several other alternatives. (6 minutes)
Testing with VCR
Episode #291Oct 17, 201132 comments

Testing with VCR

If you ever need to test an application which communicates with an external API, VCR is the way to go. Here I show a workflow in RSpec, how to use with capybara-mechanize, how to add sanitization filtering, and more. (13 minutes)
SOAP with Savon
Episode #290Oct 17, 201125 comments

SOAP with Savon

Communicating with a SOAP API can be a daunting task. Savon makes this easier by presenting the SOAP API through a Ruby interface. (9 minutes)