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In Rails apps, you have probably seen ActiveRecord queries chained together in a controller action in order to determine what information from the database is presented to the view. Query methods can be chained if they are being done on an ActiveRecord relation. If a method returns an object, it has to be at the end of a chain. Most often, a query...

 

In a previous post, I described a few ways to use seeds in a Rails app. Here I want to bring to life the real challenges in using seeds and what I learned about seeds through a project’s life cycle.

As the project matured, our seeds.rb file became less used and poorly maintained. It used to be a reliable way to create a starter set of objects that...

 

I recently worked with a data heavy Ruby on Rails project where seeds became crucial to developing quickly. I came to realize there are at least two different ways to use seeds, even though little has been written about these ways and there is no prescribed Rails Way. Here I aim to clarify the approaches, and in the next post I describe how our use...

 

I spent time over the past week building a form that went through some interesting iterations. The form involved a few nested associations, and had initially been built using JavaScript to incorporate drop downs, but my team decided to go back to a simpler Rails form and rebuild functionality from there. I’ll walk through the steps I took, and the...

 

When we decided to make a company t-shirt, we didn’t just want it to be our logo and company name. We felt it needed something more, but nothing stood out to us. We worked through different concepts, pondering what our message should be. As elements of the design started to come together two ideas bubbled up that not only resonated with how we...

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