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Testing Time & Web Requests
Episode #276Jul 25, 201129 comments

Testing Time & Web Requests

It can be difficult to test code that deals with the current time or an external web request. Here I show you how to do both using the Timecop and FakeWeb gems. (8 minutes)
How I Test
Episode #275Jul 18, 2011118 comments

How I Test

Here I show how I would add tests to the password reset feature created in the previous episode. I use RSpec, Capybara, Factory Girl, and Guard to make request, model, and mailer specs. (15 minutes)
Remember Me & Reset Password
Episode #274Jul 11, 2011142 comments

Remember Me & Reset Password

It is easy to create authentication from scratch, but how do we extend it with more features? Here I add a "remember me" check box and a "forgotten password" link. (12 minutes)
Geocoder
Episode #273Jul 04, 201161 comments

Geocoder

If you need to work with geographic data, Geocoder is an excellent gem for converting addresses and coordinates, finding nearby locations, determining distances, and more! (8 minutes)
Markdown with Redcarpet
Episode #272Jun 27, 201166 comments

Markdown with Redcarpet

Redcarpet is an easy-to-use gem which interprets Markdown. Here I show how to customize it and add syntax highlighting through Pygments and Albino. (6 minutes)
Resque
Episode #271Jun 20, 201155 comments

Resque

Resque creates background jobs using Redis. It supports multiple queue and comes with an administration interface for monitoring and managing the queues. (12 minutes)
Authentication in Rails 3.1
Episode #270Jun 13, 2011116 comments

Authentication in Rails 3.1

Here I show off three new features in Rails 3.1 that will help with authentication: easier HTTP Basic, SecurePassword in the database, and forcing SSL. (7 minutes)
Template Inheritance
Episode #269Jun 06, 201124 comments

Template Inheritance

In Rails 3.1 the controller inheritance also applies to the view layer. Here I show how to add an application template which is shared by all views, and a lookup path for overriding templates based on the subdomain. (8 minutes)
Sass Basics
Episode #268May 30, 201146 comments

Sass Basics

Sass extends CSS with variables, nesting, mixins and more. Here I show how to convert plain CSS to SCSS in a Rails 3.1 app. (13 minutes)
CoffeeScript Basics
Episode #267May 23, 201156 comments

CoffeeScript Basics

CoffeeScript allows you to write JavaScript in a concise, elegant fashion. Here I convert JavaScript code to CoffeeScript in a Rails 3.1 app. (11 minutes)