Unlocking Value with Bonsai: A Month in Technical Debt Remediation

Managing technical debt is a huge concern for businesses of all sizes. At FastRuby.io, we understand the challenges of maintaining a healthy codebase while continuously delivering value to your users. That’s why we’ve introduced Bonsai, our fixed-cost, monthly maintenance service tailored to gradually alleviate technical debt. Join us as we take a deep dive into the value Bonsai brings to the table over the course of a month.

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An Introduction to Software Quality (Part 2): What Is Technical Debt?

Technical debt, a term coined by Ward Cunningham in the 1990s, refers to the trade-off between short-term gains and long-term consequences in the development process. In this article, we will explore what technical debt is, why it happens, why you should care about it, and discover some new tools to help you discover the technical debt in your Rails applications.

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Can You Upgrade Rails in Increments?

Ruby on Rails is a powerful web application framework that has evolved over the years, with new versions bringing in features, improvements, and security updates. As your application matures, keeping it up-to-date with the latest Rails version becomes crucial. However, the prospect of upgrading an entire Rails application can be daunting. In this blog post, we’ll explore whether it’s possible to upgrade your Rails application in increments and how to go about it.

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Managing Long-running Branches

In software development, there are instances where creating a long-running branch when working on a project will be considered by developers. Long-running branches have been debated a lot by many teams due to their risks mainly around but not limited to, dare I say it, merge conflicts.

However, it isn’t necessarily the evil it’s made out to be and when handled with care, they can present extreme value to a team. Even DHH argues the benefits of maintaining a ‘cohesive architecture’ in this article

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Troubleshooting GitHub Actions with Rails and MySQL

Need help executing a GitHub Actions workflow for your Rails application, especially when dealing with a MYSQL database? Whether you’re just starting or transitioning from another CI service, navigating potential pitfalls can be challenging. If you’ve found yourself nodding along, then this blog post is tailored just for you.

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Speeding Up Assets Precompilation

There has been a lot of conversations on social media about the “NoBuild” approach: using native browser features and plain CSS+JavaScript to avoid a precompilation step for our assets.

In many cases, it’s not easy to move to a “NoBuild” setup (and in some cases it’s not even possible depending on the application’s needs), and we can still aim to make the assets:precompile task as fast as possible if we can’t eliminate it.

In this article we’ll explore some areas for optimization using one of our applications.

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How Do You Know When Your App is Not Compliant?

Ensuring that your company’s website is current with compliance standards is extremely important and essential for any Rails application. Operating with a compliant application guarantees security that can help with handling sensitive data and maintaining users’ trust. The more compliant your website is, the more secure it will be against data breaches, which helps users feel safe when they’re using it.

So what does it take to be compliant? In this article, we will focus on security and cover some indicators to help identify if your Rails app might not be compliant anymore.

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Ruby & Sinatra Compatibility Table

Sinatra is known in the Ruby world for being a lightweight framework for building Ruby web applications with minimal effort.

Over time Sinatra has been through many versions, and sometimes it gets complicated keeping track of which versions of Sinatra are compatible with which versions of Ruby. Therefor, we made a handy chart!

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