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Infinite Scrolling Content in Rails — Without Writing Any Javascript

In web development, you’ll often come across the term “pagination”. This is a technique that allows you to divide your content into separate pages so that your user can navigate through the content page by page. This is usually done by providing ‘forward’ and ‘back’ links, as well as links to specific pages. Another technique of pagination is an “infinite scroll” design. Instead of having the user navigate from page to page, they continuously scroll to the bottom of the page and your application automatically loads the next page below.

Learned about vimgrep

I learned a neat vim trick the other day.

Adding external services to a Ruby on Rails project with docker-compose

The first part in this series went over the basics of setting up a new Rails app using Docker. Part one also showed how to leverage docker-compose in setting up your application to be run. This second part of the series will take a deeper look into taking docker-compose further to architect a more complex Rails application. Most Rails applications utitlize several external services to augment the core Rails service. Follow along to see how to add databases and web servers to create a more complete package.

Adding swap space to a running EC2 instance

Sometimes you want to run some trivial software on an EC2 instance. You don’t really pay attention to what the requirements are or have any performance concerns. So you end up spinning up something with very minimal resources. The software hums along nicely and you think nothing of it. It runs for several days, unnoticed. Then you realize the software stops running for some reason requiring you to restart it. Since you somewhat need the software to run, it becomes a bit annoying. Not annoying enough for a full out solution, but annoying enough you want to have to stop intervening.

Creating a new Ruby on Rails project with docker-compose

There’s nothing like starting with a clean slate on a new Ruby on Rails project. Creating a new project on the latest version of Ruby and Rails is a great way to keep your skills sharp. Using docker and docker-compose to create a new Rails app has never been simpler. In addition, you are defining your infrastructure from the start. This will ensure a smoother transition to production, and increase the maintainability of your project.

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