• Category Archives: Ruby on Rails

8 things I look for in a Ruby on Rails app

As a consultant, I’ve looked over a shitload (how many? probably ~150-200) over the last 12 1/2 years in the Ruby on Rails community. I haven’t worked on most of them, but I do get invited to look over, review, audit, and provide feedback on a lot of those.

Over on the Planet Argon blog I’ve shared my quick hit list of a few initial things that I look for when looking over an existing code base.

Read Ruby on Rails Code Audits: 8 Steps to Review Your App

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[ActiveRecord] Get a polymorphic owner class out of the owned object

The question is: how can we retrieve a owners class of a polymorphic association without loading the owner object into memory? Solution There are (at least) two ways to do this. First one is not recommended (as it might fail with multiple namespaces with same class names, etc: or a better one that will work […]

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Ruby on Rails, Mysql2::Error: Incorrect string value: ‘\xF0\x9F\x99\x82’ and Specified key was too long; max key length is 767 bytes

If you get error like this one: it means that you use verion of Mysql with settings that does not support full Unicode. Changing that in Ruby on Rails should be fairly simple: However you might encounter following error: 767 bytes is the stated prefix limitation for InnoDB tables. To fix that you need to: […]

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Upgrading to Ruby on Rails 5.0 from Rails 4.2 – application use case

In this article, I’ll try to cover all the issues that I had, when I was upgrading one of my Rails app from Ruby on Rails 4.2 to Ruby on Rails 5.0. Note: This is not a complete, covering every possible case tutorial. You might encounter issues that I didn’t. If so, feel free to […]

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ActiveRecord isolated, namespaced scopes and methods using instance_exec and ActiveSupport::Concern

Rails concerns are a really good way to provide shared functionalities into your models. For example you can add scopes and then apply them in multiple classes: One of the downsides of this solution is a “models pollution”. Every model in which we want to include our module, will get all the methods and scopes […]

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