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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:
response.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:
File.basename(response.layout)
=> "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)
end

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):

Use Sass without Rails

You don't need a Rails application to use Sass. Even when you're working on a static site you can generate your CSS through Sass.

  • Install Sass with sudo gem install haml
  • Create a folder sass in the folder, that stores your stylesheets, e.g. mkdir css/sass
  • In a separate terminal window, run sass --watch css/sass:css. This will watch your sass files for changes and rewrite stylesheets as required.

This even works on Windows.

Note about your .gitignore

You might want to change our [typical .gitignor…

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Adding Stroke to Web Text

Because they are vector, it would make sense if we could do things that other vector programs (e.g. Adobe Illustrator) can do with vector text, like draw a stroke around the individual characters. Well, we can! At least in WebKit

Create a valid RSS feed in Rails

This will show you how to create a RSS feed that the Feed Validator considers valid.

Note that RSS is a poorly specified format. Consider using the Atom builder to make an Atom feed instead. Write a note here if you do.

  1. Controller

Create a FeedsController to host the RSS feed. Such a controller is also useful to host other data feeds that tend to gather over the lifetime of an application, e.g. sitemap.xml.:

class...
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JQuery CSS Emoticons Plugin

The CSS Emoticons plugin is a simple jQuery plugin (and stylesheet) that allows you to turn any text emoticons on the page into cute little smiling faces with pure CSS3 styling (no images whatsoever).

When sessions, cookies and Clearance tokens expire and how to change it

Expiration of Rails sessions

By default Rails sessions expire when the user closes her browser window.

To change this edit your config/initializers/session_store.rb like this:

ActionController::Base.session = {
  :key          => '...',
  :secret       => '...'
  :expire_after => 10.years
}

In older Railses the initializer is not available. Set the option in the environment.rb instead:

config.action_controller.session = {
  :key          => '...',
  :secret       => '...' ...

Strip carriage returns in submitted textareas

When submitting textareas, browsers sometimes include carriage returns (\r) instead of just line feeds (\n) at the end of each line. I don't know when this happens, and most of the time it doesn't matter.

In cases where it does matter, use the attached trait to remove carriage returns from one or more attributes like this:

class Note
  does 'strip_carriage_returns', :prose, :code
end

Here is the test that goes with it:

describe Note do

  describe 'before_validation' do...
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wmd - The Wysiwym Markdown Editor

WMD is a simple, lightweight HTML editor for blog comments, forum posts, and basic content management. You can add WMD to any textarea with one line of code. Add live preview with one line more. WMD works in nearly all modern browsers, and is now completely free to use.

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rhulse's rails-css-views at master - GitHub

This gem is designed to provide CSS views to Rails, and a process to concatenate and minify these files to one file for production.

Make box shadows look the same in IE and other browsers

The box shadows created rendered in IE by CSS3PIE look darker and are blurred differently than in browsers that render box-shadow natively.

If possible, try to be OK with this. If not, make an IE-only stylesheet that uses a different color and blur radius:

// Real browsers:
+box_shadow("0 4px 10px #bbb")

// IE with PIE:
+box_shadow("0 5px 15px #888")

We should try to package this solution in a neat way so we don't need different stylesheets.

See also this [cross-browser box-shadow comparison]…

Recursively remove unnecessary executable-flags

Sometimes files attain executable-flags that they do not need, e.g. when your Windows VM copies them over a Samba share onto your machine.

From inside your Rails project directory call regularly:

geordi remove-executable-flags

Runs chmod -x on Ruby, HTML, CSS, image, Rake and similar files.


This script is part of our geordi gem on github.

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