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Gemika 0.4.0 released

We added support to read the include option from the travis.yml file. All combinations defined in the include option are added to the existing matrix. If no matrix exist, these are the only ones that are run.

This change should make it simpler to understand, which Ruby versions are actually run for a specific Gemfile.

Example with matrix

rvm:
  - 2.1.8
  - 2.3.1
gemfile:
  - gemfiles/Gemfile1
  - gemfiles/Gemfile2

matrix:
  include:
    - rvm: 2.6.3
      gemfile: gemfiles/Gemfile3

This will run all these 5 combinations: …

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When upgrading/downgrading RubyGems and Bundler on a server, you must clear bundled gems

On application servers, gems are usually bundled into the project directory, at a location shared across deployments.

This is usually shared/bundle inside your project's root directory, e.g. /var/www/your-project/shared/bundle/.
If you can't find that, take a look at current/.bundle/config and look for BUNDLE_PATH.

When you are changing the version of RubyGems or Bundler on a system where gems are installed this way, you must wipe that bundle directory in addition to the user and system gems or gems that are already ins…

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Choosing the right gems for your project

Adding a gem means you take over the liability towards the external code.

Checklist

Based on "To gem, or not to gem":

  • Gem is really needed (prefer writing your own code for simple requirements without many edge cases)
  • Gem is tested well (coverage and quality)
  • Gem has a good code quality
  • Gem's licence fits to the project requirement
  • Try to avoid gems that do much more than your requireme…
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Working with or without time zones in Rails applications

Rails supports time zones, but there are several pitfalls. Most importantly because Time.now and Time.current are completely different things and code from gems might use one or the other.

Especially configuring an application that cares only about one time zone is a bit tricky.

The following was tested on Rails 5.1 but should apply to Rails 4.2 as well.

Using only local time

Your life will be easier if your application does not need to support time zones. Disable them like this:

```
config.time_zone = 'Berlin' # Your local time…

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RubyMine: Efficiently filtering results in the "Finder" overlay

RubyMine comes with a nice way to grep through your project's files: The finder (ctrl + shift + f). Don't be discouraged about the notice 100+ matches in n+ files if your searched keyword is too general or widely used in your project.

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RubyMine comes with a few ways to narrow down the resulting list, don't hesitate to apply those filters to speed up your search. Your keybinding might vary based on your personal settings.

File mask (alt + k)

If you already know the file extension of your …

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Webpack(er): A primer

webpack is a very powerful asset bundler written in node.js to bundle (ES6) JavaScript modules, stylesheets, images, and other assets for consumption in browsers.

Webpacker is a wrapper around webpack that handles integration with Rails.

This is a short introduction.

Installation

If you haven't already, you need to install node.js and Yarn.

Then, put

```ruby
gem 'webpacker', '~> 4.x' # check if 4.x is still cu…

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How to make RubyMine aware of Cucumber steps defined in gems

If your Ruby project includes a gem like Spreewald that comes with some external step definition, RubyMine does not know about them by default and will highlight the step as an undefined reference:

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To link these external step definitions to RubyMine, add the corresponding gems to your RubyMine-Settings:

  • Go to Settings (ctrl + alt + s)
  • Go to Languages and Frameworks
  • Go to Cucumber
  • There, add your gem (e.g "spreewald") via the little "+" from the b…
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How to send HTTP requests using cURL

  • Reading a URL via GET:

    curl http://example.com/
    
  • Defining any HTTP method (like POST or PUT):

    curl http://example.com/users/1 -XPUT
    
  • Sending data with a request:

    curl http://example.com/users -d"first_name=Bruce&last_name=Wayne"
    

    If you use -d and do not set an HTTP request method it automatically defaults to POST.

  • Performing basic authentication:

    curl http://user:password@example.com/users/1
    
  • All together now:

    curl http://user:password@example.com/users/1 -XPUT -d"screen_name=batman"
    

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How to define constants with traits

This is pretty much like defining subclasses through traits with the Modularity gem.

module MyConstantTrait
  as_trait do
    
    self::MY_CONSTANT = 'hello universe'
    
  end
end

This would set MY_CONSTANT for any class using the trait.

Of course you can also use parameters (for logic or for setting values, like here):

module DoesValues
  as_trait do |*args|
    
    self::VALUES = args
    
  end
end

class Foo
  include D...

How to: Fix json 1.8.3 with Ruby 2.5

The gem json fails to install for Ruby 2.5 if you use a version equal or below 1.8.3.

Run bundle update json --conservative to solve this issue.

The backtrace you will encounter looks like this:

```
Building native extensions. This could take a while…
ERROR: Error installing json:
ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.

current directory: /home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.5.3/lib/ruby/gems/2.5.0/gems/json-1.8.3/ext/json/ext/generator /home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.5.3/bin/ruby -I /home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.5.3/lib/ruby/si...

Deal with certain travis CI failures

Travis changed their default distribution from Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty) to 16.04 (precise). This might break your test setup for new builds.

You can solve this issue by freezing your test distribution in the .travis.yml to Ubuntu 14.04 until you have the time to solve all the issues you will have in 16.04:


dist: trusty

Error details

Here are few indicators that you ran into this issue:

Connection to the PostgreSQL database does not work anymore

Your travis-ci builds might have started failing on the usual

```
psql -c…

cucumber_factory: How to keep using Cucumber 2 Transforms in Cucumber 3

Cucumber up to version 2 had a neat feature called Step Argument Transforms which was dropped in favor of Cucumber 3 ParameterTypes. While I strongly encourage you to drop your legacy Transforms when upgrading to Cucumber 3, it might not always be possible due to their different design.
This is a guide on how to keep the exact same functionality of your old Transforms while writing them in the style of new `Paramet…

Bundler: How to install version 1 instead of 2 (latest version)

When installing a gem you can use version comparators like >= or ~>. That way it is possible to fetch the latest version of Bundler 1 with this command:

gem install bundler -v '~>1'

How to install bundler for Ruby < 2.3 is a common usecase where you might need Bundler 1.

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Heads up: Capybara 3's text matchers no longer squish whitespace by default

Until Capybara 2, node finders that accept a text option were able to find nodes based on rendered text, even if it spans over multiple elements in the HTML. Imagine a page that includes this HTML:

<div class='haystack'>
  Hi!
  <br>
  Try to match me.
</div>

Even though the text is separated by a <br> tag in the HTML, it is matched until Capybara 2 which used to "squish" text prior to the comparison.

```ruby
# Capyabara 1 or 2
page.find(…

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Execution of shell code in Ruby scripts

Deprecated ways to execute shell code in Ruby

This is just a reference for legacy code. For new code, always use capture3.

%x{ } or backticks – quick and easy

Returns the standard output of running the given command in a subshell. This is an alias for `…`, and you can use string interpolation.

Example:

name = 'ls'
result = `which #{name}`

It does not escape anything you inject in the string.

If you want to find out if the call was …

Webpack: How to split your bundles

To keep JavaScript sources small, it can sometimes make sense to split your webpack bundles. For example, if your website uses some large JavaScript library – say TinyMCE – which is only required on some select pages, it makes sense to only load that library when necessary.

In modern webpack this is easily doable by using the asynchronous import function.

Say we have an unpoly compiler that sets up TinyMCE like this (code is somewhat simplified):

```
// TinyMCE as part of the main bundle!

import tinymce from 'tinymce/tinymce'

// UI
im…

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Webpack(er): Analyze the size of your JavaScript components

We're always striving towards keeping our website's JavaScript as small as possible.

If you're using webpack(er), you can use the webpack-bundle-analyzer plugin to get a good overview, which of your JavaScript modules take up how much space, and where you can optimize.

To use it, add it via npm or yarn

yarn add webpack-bundle-analyzer

Then add this to your environment.js:

```
// Uncomment this code to show statistics of bundle sizes. Generated file will automatically o…

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Tod: A Gem for handling daytime without a date

Tod is a gem for working with daytimes.

Another additional gem?

Thus SQL has a time datatype for storing time of day in the format hh:mm:ss, neither Ruby nor Rails themselves offer an elegant way to deal with day times.

Time and DateTime both handle daytime values AND calendar date, using them to only store the time of day will end in inconsistent and thus confusing data, e. g. Time.new will initialize with the current Time in your Timezone, DateTime.new initializes at January 1, at an undefined year, without a timezone o…

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