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How to drop all tables in PostgreSQL

To remove all tables from a database (but keep the database itself), you have two options.

Option 1: Drop the entire schema

You will need to re-create the schema and its permissions. This is usually good enough for development machines only.

DROP SCHEMA public CASCADE;
CREATE SCHEMA public;

GRANT ALL ON SCHEMA public TO postgres;
GRANT ALL ON SCHEMA public TO public;

Applications usually use the "public" schema. You may encounter other schema names when working with a (legacy) application's database.

Note that f…

Rails: How to send a test mail directly from the console

I used this Code Snippet quite often to debug issues with mails on staging and production servers. It allows you to send a custom mail directly from the console.

ActionMailer::Base.mail(
  from: "system@example.com", 
  to: "user@example.com",  
  subject: "Test mail from #{Rails.application.class}", 
  body: "This is just a test."
).deliver_now
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Test your application's e-mail spam scoring with mail-tester.com

You can use mail-tester.com to check your application's e-mails for issues that might cause e-mails to be classified as spam.

They provide a one-time e-mail addresses that you can use to sign up etc. You can then check for scoring results of SpamAssassin and other potential issues.
You don't need to hit 10/10. Something around 9/10 is perfectly fine.

Note:

  • For password-protected staging sites you will get an error for links that can not be resolved. This is fine, simply check production once available.
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Gatekeeping: Guide for developer

Note: This process is tailored to our specific needs and tools at makandra. While it will certainly not apply to all (especially larger teams), we think it is a helpful starting point. Compare also the Gatekeeping: Guide for gatekeeper card.


In order to reduce the number of rejects we get from clients, we want to review all code written before it goes to the staging server.

If your project manager wants to do gatekeeping o…

Capistrano: Speeding up Sprockets' asset compile during deploy

Remember How to skip Sprockets asset compile during Capistrano deployment and Automatically skipping asset compilation when assets have not changed? Turns out there is an even better way to speed up Capistrano deployments with asset compilation – and it's even simpler.

Adding the Sprockets cache directory to shared directories

Sprockets is the library behind Rails' asset pipeline. It keeps a cache of already compiled files, so when a single file changes, it only needs to rebuild that one. This is …

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Geordi hints

Reminder of what you can do with Geordi.

Note: If you alias Geordi to something short like g, running commands gets much faster!
Note: You only need to type the first letters of a command to run it, e.g. geordi dep will run the deploy command.

geordi deploy
Guided deployment, including push, merge, switch branches. Does nothing without confirmation.
geordi capistrano
Run something for all Capistrano environments, e.g. geordi cap deploy
geordi setup -t -d staging
When you just cloned a n…

Make ActionMailer use the current request host and protocol for URL generation

When you generate a URL in a mailer view, ActionMailer will raise an error unless you previously configured it which hostname to use. Configuring the correct hostname is quite annoying when you have multiple deployment targets with different hostnames, e.g. a staging server and a production server.

Using the hack below you don't need to configure a default hostname for your mailers. They will always use the hostname for the current request:

class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base

  before_filter :make_action_maile...
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Live CSS / view reloading

Next time you have to do more than trivial CSS changes on a project, you probably want to have live CSS reloading, so every time you safe your css, the browser updates automatically. It's pretty easy to set up and will safe you a lot of time in the long run. It will also instantly reload changes to your html views.

Simply follow the instructions below, taken from blog.55minutes.com.

Install CSS live reload (only once per project)

  1. Add th…

How to upgrade Rails: Workflow advice

When upgrading Rails versions – especially major versions – you will run into a lot of unique issues, depending on the exact version, and depending on your app.

However, it is still possible to give some generic advice on how you want to tackle the update in principle.

How many update steps?

Besides the Rails upgrade itself, you might also want to

  • upgrade your other gems
  • upgrade your Ruby versions

First decide in how many steps you want to run the upgrade. I suggest

  • To do a separate step for each major rails versions. So, if…

How to: Use Ace editor in a Webpack project

The Ace editor is a great enhancement when you want users to supply some kind of code (HTML, JavaScript, Ruby, etc).
It offers syntax highlighting and some neat features like auto-indenting.

Integrating it with Webpack as described in the documentation – by using ace-builds and ace-builds/webpack-resolver – failed pretty hard for me. Maybe because Rails' Webpacker is still on Webpack 2.
The following works for Ruby on Rails with Webpacker / Webpack 2.

  1. Do not use the `ace-builds…
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Let the browser choose the protocol

Use protocol independent URLs whenever possible so that the browser will choose the protocol related to the protocol which the page is delivered with.

Example issues

  • When your page is delivered via https and you provide a youtube video only via http the most browsers (e.g. Firefox, Chrome) won't display the video.
  • When you deliver your youtube video via https://youtu.be/jyElDp98HdI your test which checks that the embeded video is rendered in the view will fail because your test server doesn't use https

Solution

Let your lin…

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Katapult 0.5.0 released

New Features

  • Deployment ready for Opscomplete
  • Copying view and controller templates over to target application during
    basics configuration or via new command katapult templates.
  • "Usage" section in README rewritten: Now describes two usage scenarios.

Improvements

  • Generating a fixed Gemfile.lock. Run bundle update after code generation to
    update all gems to recent versions.
  • Better deployment with Webpack
  • Navigation only rendered if requested
  • Some minor fixes

Fixing "identify: not authorized"

Ubuntu has decided to disable PDF processing because ImageMagick and the underlying Ghostscript had several security issues.

When your Ghostscript is up to date (and receiving updates regularly), you can safely reactivate PDF processing on your computer like this:

  1. Open /etc/ImageMagick-6/policy.xml
    • For older versions of Ubuntu (or possibly ImageMagick, the Path is /etc/ImageMagick/policy.xml
  2. Remove/Comment lines after <!-- disable ghostscript format types -->

If you need it enabled for an…

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Native share dialog on mobile Chrome

Mobile Chrome (and the Safari Technology Preview) support the "web share API" which allow you to use the native share functionality of an Android phone. When clicking a share button using this API, the browser will automatically show all installed applications that support content sharing, such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail etc.

The API is extremely simple to use:

```javascript
if ( typeof(navigator.share) === 'function' ) {
let data = {
url: '', title: '', text: '', } ...

Accessing Rails config in webpack(er)

It is possible to access Rails config (for example secrets) from within your webpack bundles, thanks to rails-erb-loader. When using webpacker, the setup is like this:

  1. Install rails-erb-loader:

    yarn add rails-erb-loader
    
  2. Add this to your config/webpacker/environment.js:

    environment.loaders.prepend('erb', {
      test: /\.erb$/,
      enforce: 'pre',
      use: [{
        loader: 'rails-erb-loader',
      }]
    })
    
  3. Start using erb. For examp…

Minify Font Awesome fonts with webpack

Font Awesome 5 is a comprehensive solution for vector icons on your website.

Originally, Font Awesome came as an icon font (plus stylesheets), but recently it can also be used as a pure JavaScript solution (which will render icons as inline <svg> tags), or even as SVG sprites.

All solutions have their pros and cons:

Icon font:

  • little CPU load (no JavaScript)
  • fonts are relatively large
  • 1 extra HTTP request

Javascript + inline SVG:

  • higher CPU load (needs to watch the DOM via mutation observers to ad…

How to: Use different configurations for S3cmd

S3cmd is a free command line tool and client for uploading, retrieving and managing data in Amazon S3. S3cmd reads its configuration by default from ~/.s3cfg, which is created once you run s3cmd --configure.

If you have many configurations, we recommend to always specify the configuration you want to use. This prevents applying actions to the wrong bucket.

Examples:

```
s3cmd -c ~/.s3cfg-github-staging ls
s3cmd -c ~/.s3cfg-github-development …

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