140 million rows later

… At work, as part of a project I’m working on, I wanted to add a new reference to a table. ”Simple enough” - I thought. Spoiler alert, it wasn’t. Adding a reference from one table to another is straight forward in Rails. You create a migration using rails generate and then write in it somethi...

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“Having a monolith is a single point of failure”

I recently took part in a discussion that brought to light the most unusual argument against having a monolith that I have ever heard - that a monolith is a single point of failure. I want to make clear that I consider monoliths and microservices neither good nor bad, or universally better or ...

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The humble ActiveModel

ActiveModel is one of my most used tools in Rails applications. I use it in service objects, form objects and objects that represent external entities. Why? Because it provides a nice interface for validating inputs and results, it can have callbacks for pre and post-processing data, and it in...

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Take a break

At my first job I used to take a break every time I got stuck on a problem until one day my boss caught me looking out of the window. He didn’t say anything the first time he saw me, but when he saw me in the same position some 15 min later he yelled “At least sit by your desk and have your la...

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Keep it boring, don’t surprise me

I’ve spent a lot of my life worried that people will think I don’t know enough. Sometimes, that worry has made me use big words when I didn’t need to. –Randall Munroe in the foreword to the Thing Explainer I used to be a stickler for organizing code by what it was. Models, decorators, form o...

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Scrum is for time estimates, not projects

From my experience Scrum is the prevalent project management framework in software development. Most of the teams I was part of used it to develop, deliver and maintain their projects. Despite its prevalence I always felt like Scrum was bogs me down - that it was more harmful than useful. I kn...

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How I stumbled upon Strada while forwarding an email

I wanted to forward an email one evening, so I opened up the Hey app on my phone, found the email, tapped on the “More” button, and just before I hit “Forward” I noticed a “Share or print…” button at the bottom of the screen. I hit “Share” and to my surprise was greeted by a share sheet. It off...

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The Judo way

A walkway at Plitvice Lakes, Croatia As a kid I practiced Judo which is a martial art as well as a philosophy. And my Judo teacher gave us a philosophical story which I came to understand only recently and which helped me achieve more than I though was possible. So I wanted to share it. The s...

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New coat of paint

Abstract color pour by Pawel Czerwinski Recently I got the urge to write again so I gave this blog a new coat of paint, and decided to give a brief history, the reason I stopped writing and an explanation as to why I moved away from Medium. I started this blog back in 2016 as a way to share a...

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GraphQL file upload with Shrine

The GraphQL logo overlayed over a Japanese shrine At the moment of writing there is no officially supported way to do file upload through GraphQL. Here is a roundup of all available methods to do file upload through it, their pros and cons. This post grew out of a request on the Shrine issue ...

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Best image uploader for Rails — Revisited

Hand holding a plastic Ruby gemstone Three years ago I wrote about how to choose the right uploader gem for your project. Since the time the original article has been published, all mentioned libraries got updated, one got deprecated, and two new libraries have appeared. I feel it's time to re...

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