Posts about ruby

Terraform - Infrastructure as code edit

18 January 2019

We recently started using this outstanding devops tool called Terraform at Drover. Basically it allows us to describe how we want our environments to be and apply that "plan" automatically. It's a bit like Ansible and its playbooks concept but - IMO - does a better job at tracking what resources exist and in which state they are in.

Think about it like writing down what your environment looks like, in terms of pretty much everything (load balancing, dns, servers, networking, connectivity, ser...

Commonly used (and abused) Ruby Gems

02 November 2017

Following up on my last post about Ruby gems, here's a list of some of my typical choices for various tasks in the Ruby and Ruby on Rails world:


Makes it real easy to define exactly how to serialize models in an API


Annotates Rails/ActiveRecord Models, routes, fixtures, and others based on the database schema. Very cool to know exactly which fields are present in your models, without having to look it up in the schema.rb file.


Choosing a Ruby gem

25 July 2017
Instead of writing yet another list of gems you should be using, i'll try to explain how i choose a gem for a particular task or function. This is by no means a complete checklist, it's just my typical way of going about things.


If you're a Ruby developer you are probably familiar with the website It's "the" repository for all information about Ruby gems.

Things i find important when looking for a gem:

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