Our Code Is in 15% of Rails Applications (Roughly)

New Relic just posted some basic statistics on the Rails applications they monitor. They include lists of the top Ruby gems and top Rails plugins installed for each application they monitor. Patrick and I were delighted to discover that our ActiveMerchant code contribution is installed with 15% of Rails applications. We wrote the code for … Continue reading Our Code Is in 15% of Rails Applications (Roughly)

Testing Rails Exception Notification in Production

Every Ruby on Rails project I have been involved in has used the Exception Notification gem. It sends you an email with very helpful debugging information whenever your application breaks in the real world. However, I've seen people fail to ensure that it actually works in their production environments--not when they first launch their site, … Continue reading Testing Rails Exception Notification in Production

Rails Refactoring and Deprecation

I've been using Ruby on Rails exclusively for over a year now, but have used other web frameworks for longer periods of time (classic ASP, ASP.NET, and J2EE). Rails is unique in many ways, and if look hard enough online, you'll find its qualities spelled-out for you. Deprecation is one quality that isn't spoken of much, but … Continue reading Rails Refactoring and Deprecation