RailsBridge Phoenix – Ruby on Rails for Women

OK, everybody, it is time for us to give back to the Ruby/Rails community that has made many of us a enjoyable and profitable life….

We at Socialwhirled have decided to sponsor and host a RailsBridge event in Phoenix ( the 19th and 20th of September.

From their site:

We teach people to code because we believe that the people making technology should accurately reflect the diversity of those using it.

We want to push for all kinds of diversity in tech: gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, and class. Women were the first population we focused on, but aren’t the last.

We value acceptance, enthusiasm, and hard work. The RailsBridge community thrives on optimism and a love for making great things.

What’s a RailsBridge Workshop?

Our most well-known efforts are free weekend workshops where women learn Ruby on Rails from volunteers. The students at our workshops range from folks who are completely new to programming to QA engineers and professional developers who want to learn Rails. During the Installfest (usually on a Friday evening), we get students’ laptops setup with the requisite technologies. The next day, we break into small group based on experience level and build a web app! (When we aren’t teaching Ruby and Rails, we teach HTML & CSS.)

Here is what we need:

Volunteers to assist in teaching as well as TA’ing.  I think we will need about 8 people that can teach a class using their curriculum and assistants to help attendees that are stuck.

Attendees to attend.  Spread the word to friends, strangers, social media, etc…

I will post the links as soon as I have them setup.  All social media should use the #railsbridge and #railsbridgeaz hashtags.

Most of us learned form others so lets return the favor.

Questions, comments, suggestions, want to volunteer, email me at

Leave a comment

Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Ruby on Rails


DRY Social Media Links

Bob Roberts:

Nice idea. You could go one step further and have the social_media as a variable in your controller.

Originally posted on PareidoliaX:

I went a little crazy with social media links last night. I wanted to make a nice nav element full of them. First I found a great github repository and site for the images called

With all those great icon options I ended up wanting to make nine links but I wanted to keep things DRY so I used an array and a loop. I was pretty pleased with the result.


This code is available…

View original 9 more words

Leave a comment

Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Ruby on Rails


The Well-Grounded Rubyist, 2nd Edition – A solid, well-written, updated guide to the Ruby programming language – #bookreview

Originally posted on Books, Books & More (New) Books:


The Well-Grounded Rubyist

David A. Black

(Manning -paperback)

Ruby, predominately known as an object-oriented programming language, shows up frequently on lists of the top ten (or whatever) languages to know. And Ruby has long been paired with Rails to create the popular Ruby on Rails web application framework.

When the forerunner of this book appeared eight years ago, it was titled Ruby for Rails: Ruby Techniques for Rails Developers. And R4R, as it is sometimes known, was well received in both the Ruby and Rails camps.

In 2009, the R4R book was revised and retitled The Well-Grounded Rubyist. “This new edition is  a descendant of R4R but not exactly an update. It’s more of a repurposing,” the author, David A. Black, noted at the time. “The Well-Grounded Rubyist is a ‘just Ruby’ book, and it’s written to be read by anyone interested in Ruby.”

That focus continues…

View original 249 more words

Leave a comment

Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Ruby on Rails


Amazon SES + Ruby on Rails

I really could have used this info a couple of months back when I starting working with the Amazon SES for the first time. Thanks for the post ;)

Leave a comment

Posted by on August 9, 2014 in Ruby on Rails


security in rails

Bob Roberts:

Great info here for securing Rails site. Did not know of sanitize but I am going to use it. Thanks :)

Originally posted on codedecoder:

Any thing on the net is vulnerable to attack. The threat can be at any layer: databaseweb server or web application. Some of the common security threat are : Cross Site Scripting (XSS), Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF, XSRF), Man in the Middle (MITM)SQL Injection (SQLI)Mass Assignment & Parameter Injection etc . There is nothing like complete protection. There is a proverb in hindi “taala sarifon k liae hota hai…choron k liae nahi” , means “Lock on the door can prevent good peoples from entering the house not the thieves“. But at least the lock can make the thieve to struggle for entry and provide 60% security to our house.

Rails framework, provide 70% inbuilt security if you use all its feature properly and adhere to its security guideline . Web Security is a wide field in…

View original 2,055 more words

Leave a comment

Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Ruby on Rails


A framework is also a collection of Best Practices

Bob Roberts:

Nice view from the “other side”

Originally posted on Ruby on Rails Blog:

Yestarday there was issue in office. Though I had checked in my code, I had forgotten to back up database and push it to the main branch. Well…

Now you know the value of migrations. I am in PHP project. I don’t really remember why we choose PHP instead of Rails. I think we thought we won’t find enough Rails people in Chennai.The result, some best practices used by frameworks are lost and mistakes like this occur.

The more and more I am using PHP, the more and more I appreciate Ruby on Rails. The Rails people have thought it well over, possibly they have faced too many difficulties while doing a project.

Of course there are many things I love about Rails like migrations and blah blah. Hmmmm lets see, now I am missing it very much.

Rails has now become Rolls Royce of web development. There is solution…

View original 50 more words

Leave a comment

Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Ruby on Rails


If You Want a Job, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Bob Roberts:

As a Rails Developer and one that hires developers, I can attest to “the unemployment rates range from less than 1% to just over 3%”

Originally posted on Joblink@Work Blog:


I must confess.  Although I like gadgets, I am not a techie per se.  Many of us enjoy technology and believe that we are well versed in it.  But, I would call that the End-User Syndrome.  That is, we enjoy the benefits of our smart phones and mobile devices.  We love to be able to do all sorts of things online, including looking up answers quickly, making purchases, and paying bills (OK, that’s not so much fun).  However, few of us would ever be interested in assembling hardware or even writing the code which drives the Internet or the apps we use.

Today, I had an opportunity to meet with recruiters Alexa and Lee at a technology recruiting company in my area.  Following an explanation of what I do, I asked them about their staffing needs.  I also asked them what areas were hard-to-find and therefore represent opportunities for current…

View original 1,697 more words

Leave a comment

Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Ruby on Rails