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Writing a Non-Gemified Strategy for OmniAuth

The OmniAuth gem tends to be one of the go-to tools in a Ruby developer’s toolbox when you want to authenticate against multiple systems. It has been around for a long time and is very well-documented. When you want to

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Charming Large Databases with Octopuses

Ruby is often the language of choice for startups of smaller applications. It allows you to get an application going quickly. While there has been a lot of talk about NoSQL databases for many applications instead of a SQL database,

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Rubyfuza 2014 Recap

Rubyfuza is Africa’s premier Ruby-language conference held each year in South Africa at the beginning of February. This year’s conference took place from 5 – 8 February at the Strand Hotel in beautiful Cape Town. Approximately 150 people, (many of

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Purr Programming 2.0

Years ago when Extreme Programming was a new concept, a (now defunct) website posted an article about taking Extreme Programming to the next level by substituting a household cat for a dev pair. At that time I did all of

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