Roobykon Ruby Digest 2018 : Issue 1


Roobykon Ruby Digest 2018: Issue 1

Greetings, Ruby on Rails travelers! It’s been quite a while since our last Ruby Digest, and frankly, we don’t know where the time’s gone. Over here at Roobykon Systems, we’ve had a truly frenetic start to the year – from realising new projects for our customers around the world, to learning more about the changing landscape of the online marketplace business. 

We hope you’ve also been keeping yourselves busy – but now, please pour a cup of tea, sit back, and relax with our latest offerings from around the blogosphere! 


Happy New Year! Ruby 2.5, bugfixes, and more!

Ruby 2.5 bugfixes

This winter didn’t bring us any closer to a cure for the common cold, but in the world of RoR, it’s seen several nasty bugs zapped – as this post from the Rails blog outlines. It also brings news of bulk ALTER support for PostgreSQL and the addition of Rails CI matrix in Ruby 2.5.0. 


My Notes about a Production-grade Ruby on Rails Deployment on Google Cloud Kubernetes Engine

Production-grade Ruby on Rails Deployment on Google Cloud Kubernetes Engine

With the dominance of Amazon Web Services in the business of RoR deployment, there’s been a real danger that the company would start to take its users for granted. Luckily, Google Cloud is now really upping its game in this department, as this post from the AkitaOnRails blog discovers.  


Kafka on Rails: Using Kafka with Ruby on Rails – Part 2 – Getting started with Ruby and Kafka

Getting started with Ruby and Kafka

Back in November, the crew over at Running with Ruby took us through the reasons why we should invest some time in learning Kafka and the Karafka framework. In this new post, they bring us up to speed on how to get started with Ruby and Kafka. 


Ruby on Rails with NGINX On Debian 9

Ruby on Rails with NGINX On Debian 9

There are a ton of reasons to choose the NGINX web server, and if you do, you’ll want to pick an app server that allows for easy integration. In this guide to using RoR with NGINX Debian 8, from the Linode blog, the app server of choice is Passenger.    


Load Testing a Ruby on Rails Application

Load Testing a Ruby on Rails App

It doesn’t matter how shiney your new Rails app may be – if it hasn’t been properly tested against the stresses and strains of real-world use, it will leave users frustrated. This post from DZone handles key areas of load testing, such as session tracking, CSRF token handling, and submitting forms.


All about Paperclip’s CVE-2017–0889 Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) vulnerability

Paperclip’s CVE-2017–0889 SSRF

The Paperclip gem has gained popularity thanks to easy way it lets you manage uploads for ActiveRecord. But as you may have learnt from a recent GitHub alert, it suffers from high vulnerability to certain risks. This post gives some detail about the nature of these, and how to manage them. 


Sifting through your code base with ctags

Sifting through your code base with ctags

Imagine a large Rails app, made up of many internal and external gems, modules and classes, spread over several files. The project is the work of many hands – and sooner or later, inconsistencies will pop up. But with the help of ctags, you can index all your methods, classes and modules for easy access.


Build your own chat-bot using AWS Lex and Ruby on Rails

Build chat-bot using AWS Lex and Ruby on Rails

The brains behind Amazon’s Alexa, Lex is one of the newest and slickest natural language processing services around. Working in AWS can often be a less-than-joyful experience, but luckily, WeWork’s Paul Franzen is on hand to guide us through the quirks, and on to the chatbot of our dreams.     


Reducing Memory Usage in Ruby

Reducing Memory Usage in Ruby

The never-ending struggle to minimise memory usage is one that transcends RoR to unite all developers (and, indeed, all computer users). A key weapon in our our arsenal is the compacting garbage collector – but challenges like reference updates can make them tricky to implement, as this post explores.   


The Modular Monolith: Rails Architecture

The Modular Monolith: Rails Architecture

Finally, if your startup is rapidly adding more developers to its payroll, then you’re living the dream. But your success also brings new challenges: among the biggest is that as your team grows, the best way to organise it constantly shifts. This post explores how to maintain maximum efficiency in your new organisation, without driving people crazy with constant reshuffles.   


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