Open a page in the default browser

Use the Launchy gem:'')
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Prototype 1.7 is out

jQuery's selector engine, live()-like event handlers, pixel-perfect layout measuring.

Use the back button in Cucumber

In order to go back one page in your Cucumber tests, you can use the following step definition for Capybara:

When(/^I go back$/) do
  visit page.driver.request.env['HTTP_REFERER']

If you're on Webrat, this should work:

When(/^I go back$/) do
  visit request.env["HTTP_REFERER"])

An improved version of this step is now part of our gem spreewald on Github.

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Test that a select option is selected with Cucumber

This step tests whether a given select option comes preselected in the HTML. There is another step to test that an option is available at all.


Then /^"([^"]*)" should be selected for "([^"]*)"(?: within "([^\"]*)")?$/ do |value, field, selector|
  with_scope(selector) do
    field_labeled(field).find(:xpath, ".//option[@selected = 'selected'][text() = '#{value}']").should be_present

Webrat …

Useful collection of Sass mixins

This collection of Sass mixins enables cross-browser styling (including IE with CSS3PIE) with less lines of code.

This enables PIE for IE up to version 8 only (the first part is not possible in Haml, so use ERB):

<!--[if !IE]><!-->
  <%= stylesheet_link_tag 'screen', :media => 'screen' %>
<!--[if lte IE 8]>
  <%= stylesheet_link_tag 'screen_with_pie', :media => 'screen' %>

These would be your two screen Sasses:

# screen_with_pie.sass ...

Trigger an event with Javascript

This is non-trivial because you need to fake event objects and require different code for different browsers. Luckily, there is tool support for most types of events.

In jQuery you can say:


In Prototype you can use event.simulate.js from the Protolicious library to say:


To trigger custom events with Prototype, you can use the [built-in](…

Cross-browser height and line-height

When using an odd value for line-height in CSS the result will vary across all major browsers.\
Use an even line-height whenever possible.

When you are styling block elements you often apply both height and line-height to them. This Sass mixin helps you out with odd heights by always setting an even line height:

  height: $height
  line-height: floor($height / 2) * 2

So when you call +height(19px) in Sass this will be the resulting CSS:

height: 19px
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scribd's flash_heed at master - GitHub

Fixes all Flash elements on a page so that they heed DOM stacking order

Test that a CSS selector is present with Cucumber

This note describes a Cucumber step definition that lets you test whether or not a CSS selector is present on the site:

Then I should see an element "#sign_in"
But I should not see an element "#sign_out"

Here is the step definition for Capybara:

Then /^I should (not )?see an element "([^"]*)"$/ do |negate, selector|
  expectation = negate ? :should_not : :should
  page.send(expectation, have_css(selector))

Here is the step definition for Webrat:

Then /^I should (not )?see an element "([^"]*)"$/ do |negate...
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Bash Cheat Sheet (standard Emacs mode)

  • Ctrl + R Search commands you entered previously. Press Ctrl + R again to search further back, Ctrl + Shift + R searches forward again.

  • Ctrl + W Deletes from the cursor position to the left.

  • Ctrl + _ Undo. Yes, this also works with a German keyboard layout.

  • Ctrl + L Clear screen.

  • Ctrl + D _Close shell. (EOT, just like in many other shells.) Note: if you dove into another shell (e.g. with sudo su username) you will close it and return to …

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Terminus: a client-side Capybara driver

Terminus is a Capybara driver where most of the driver functions are implemented in client-side JavaScript. It lets you script any browser on any machine using the Capybara API, without any browser plugins or extensions.

Get the current layout's name in a view or partial

This returns the name (including path) of your current layout:
=> "layouts/admin" # inside views that are using the 'admin' layout

You most likely do not need the full path, so go ahead and do this:
=> "admin"

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Here’s what we’ve learned about doing UI for mobile web apps with WebKit

Lately, we’ve been exploring ways to offer web apps that perform like native apps on mobile devices. For this short sprint we targeted mobile WebKit browsers—especially the default browsers on iOS and Android—because of their widespread use and excellent support for HTML5 and CSS3. Here are a few things we’ve learned along the way.

Deliver Paperclip attachments to authorized users only

When Paperclip attachments should only be downloadable for selected users, there are three ways to go. Same applies to files uploaded with Carrierwave.

  1. Deliver attachments through Rails

The first way is to store Paperclip attachments not in the default public/system, but in a private path like storage inside the current release. You should prefer this method when dealing with sensitive data.

Make sure that folder is linked to the current release when deploying by adding this to your `co…

Using the full power of have_css

Capybara's has_css? matcher has a couple of options you might find useful.

Check that a selector appears a given number of times

Use the :count option like this:

Then /^I should see (\d+) users?$/ do |count|
  page.should have_css('ul#users li', :count => count.to_i)

Check that a selector has a given text content

Use the :text option like this:

Then /^I should see a user with name "([^\"]*)"$/ do |nam...
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jsmestad's pivotal-tracker at master - GitHub

Ruby gem that provides an AR-style interface for the Pivotal Tracker API.

Pay attention to the order of your submit buttons

If you have several submit elements (inputs or buttons with type="submit") that each cause different things to happen (e.g. you might have a button that sends an extra attribute) you might run into trouble when submitting the form by pressing the return key in a field.

When nothing fancy like a tabindex is defined it seems as if the first submit element inside a form is chosen (and has its attributes submitted) when pressing return.\
So, if possible, put your "default" (aka least harmful) submit element before others.

NB: If you s…

Sun Java JVM/JRE on Ubuntu Linux

Note that you should disable the Java plug-in in your browsers after installation.

Ubuntu >= 12.04

Java 11

sudo apt install openjdk-11-jre-headless

Java 10

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linuxuprising/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java10-installer

Java 8

You probably want to get rid of OpenJDK (which is installed by default and leads to bad RubyMine performance):

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