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Foundation
Episode #417Jun 16, 201364 comments

Foundation

ZURB's Foundation is a front-end for quickly building applications and prototypes. It is similar to Twitter Bootstrap but uses Sass instead of LESS. Here you will learn the basics of the grid system, navigation, tooltips and more. (11 minutes)
Upgrading to Rails 4
Episode #415May 06, 201331 comments

Upgrading to Rails 4

With the release of Rails 4.0.0.rc1 it's time to try it out and report any bugs. Here I walk you through the steps to upgrade a Rails 3.2 application to Rails 4. (12 minutes)
Fast Rails Commands
Episode #412Apr 04, 201336 comments

Fast Rails Commands

Rails commands, such as generators, migrations, and tests, have a tendency to be slow because they need to load the Rails app each time. Here I show three tools to make this faster: Zeus, Spring, and Commands. (8 minutes)
Active Model Serializers
Episode #409Mar 09, 201347 comments

Active Model Serializers

The ActiveModel::Serializers gem can help you build JSON APIs through serializer objects. This provides a dedicated place to fully customize the JSON output. (10 minutes)
Public Activity
Episode #406Feb 13, 201380 comments

Public Activity

Learn how to easily add a user activity feed using the public_activity gem. Here I show both the default setup using model callbacks and a manual way to trigger activities. (10 minutes)
Better Errors & RailsPanel
Episode #402Jan 25, 201361 comments

Better Errors & RailsPanel

Here we take a look at two tools to aid us in development: Better Errors which makes it easier than ever to debug exceptions, and RailsPanel, a Chrome extension to see Rails requests. (8 minutes)
What's New in Rails 4
Episode #400Jan 04, 201340 comments

What's New in Rails 4

Rails 4.0 is still unfinished, but it is shaping up to become a great release. Here I show how to setup a new Rails 4.0 (edge) application and walk through many of its new features. (20 minutes)
Importing CSV and Excel
Episode #396Dec 08, 201294 comments

Importing CSV and Excel

Allow users to import records into the database by uploading a CSV or Excel document. Here I show how to use Roo to parse these files and present a solution for validations. (10 minutes)
Guest User Record
Episode #393Nov 21, 201235 comments

Guest User Record

Instead of presenting a sign up form to the user, consider creating a temporary guest record so the user can try out the application without filling in their information up front. They can then become a permanent member afterwards. (9 minutes)
Turbolinks
Episode #390Nov 05, 201238 comments

Turbolinks

Turbolinks can make your Rails app feel faster by using JavaScript to replace the page content when clicking a link. It will be default in new Rails 4.0 applications, but here I show how to use it in Rails 3 and mention some of the gotchas. (7 minutes)