I decided to drop by the UKIEPC at Nottingham University today and they offered me to enter as a visitor. I used to do these programming competitions when I was in uni with Melinda and Reinier (go Team OLF!) so it was a bit of nostalgia to be able to participate again. I ended up leading the board for a bit in Nottingham but eventually ended up 2nd, and 22nd on the UK standings. Only downside: Ruby wasn't an allowed language so I had to brush up my Python skills.
I really love the idea of the Inherited Resources gem in this article to clean up standard CRUD code. I'm tempted to try this in a project I'm working on at the moment in combination with cancan.
I've been starting to get the hang of app deployment lately. I have access to the internal OpenStack platform at eBay and have written a few modules to handle deployment for my Rails apps. I keep going back to this site to challenge myself to answer the question: what would be the right way to do this?
Apparently Sandi Metz recently talked about her seemingly arbitrary but pretty sensible standards for maintaining clean, manageable and readable code. It's one of those basic heuristics that helps you identify code smell. It has now been turned into a gem by Anatoli Makarevich and will join my list of handy code sanitation tools.
Getting an SSL certificate can be expensive but apparently using StartSSL you can now get your own for free for personal use. Sadly Github pages doesn't support SSL so I won't be switching this site any day soon, but I will keep it in mind if I ever change hosting.
I am not a great fan of Twitter Bootstrap. It somehow seems to breed divs and everything made in it looks like Twitter Bootstrap. This framework looks to be a bit cleaner and I like the look. Now don't all go use it or I will get sick of this one pretty quickly too.
I've never really liked the Ruby website (ruby-lang.org) so it is good to see a competition to find a new design. I'm not sure about the whole free labour implications in this but I think there are plenty of passionate Ruby devs wiling to put in an entry just to give back to the community.