Books, books, books!

I’m an avid reader. A really, really avid reader. I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on (including a lot of things that weren’t, ahem, age-appropriate) and as an adult I still love reading so many different things. I picked up a Kindle in about 2008, and never looked back.

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Using page-specific page titles in the Phoenix framework

Written using Phoenix 0.13.1

One common task in web apps is setting a custom page title for each URL - your homepage should have a different title than a page listing out all of your projects (for example), which should have a different title than a page showing details of a single project.

There isn’t a built-in way to do this in Phoenix, but after much reading around forums, GitHub issues, etc. I hit on two potential ways to do it.

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`add_foreign_key` gotchas in Rails 4.2

Rails 4.2 finally added native support for database-level foreign keys, which is great. You can write the following code in a migration (assuming the presence of a users table):

def change
  create_table :posts do |t|
    t.references :user, index: true
  end
  add_foreign_key :posts, :users
end

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Slaying Dragons

The following is a complete piece of code from a real Rails app that is currently in production.

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Why you should be using Database Cleaner's `deletion` strategy

me: Your regularly scheduled reminder that Database Cleaner’s deletion strategy is so much faster than the truncation strategy.
my coworker: You should write a blog post about it!
— from Twitter

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New Year's Resolutions

  1. Start a blog. (Hello. This is my blog.)
  2. Maintain said blog. This could be interesting - what will I write about?
  3. Get my tenpin bowling average up to 175. (I currently hover between 155 and 160.)

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