Articles by Aysan Isayo

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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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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A Step-by-Step Guide to Upgrading Your Ruby Version

Every year, Ruby enthusiasts anticipate the December release of a new Ruby version. At the end of 2023, Ruby 3.3 was released and you can read this article to learn more about the new features and improvements it brings. This makes it a good time to start considering if your application is due for an upgrade.

Upgrading your application can sound complicated and difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Below, we will discuss how to identify when to upgrade your Ruby version and the steps necessary to complete a smooth and successful upgrade.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Our Roadmap Service

One of our biggest goals as a company is to aim for transparency and honesty when evaluating a project for an upgrade. We understand that the decision to hire an outside vendor versus doing it in house becomes a difficult one. To provide confidence and a clear path to completing an upgrade, before we even begin a project we invest time in doing a thorough investigation of the project to provide the most accurate and detailed game plan for an upgrade.

In this blog, we are going to break down our Roadmap service and explain how it can be used to guide you and your team to making decisions when it comes to upgrading your application.

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How to Fix Rails 6.1 Relation `merge` Deprecation

Recently, while working on a Rails 6.1 to 7.0 upgrade, we encountered the following deprecation warning regarding changes made to ActiveRecord::Relation’s merge method:

"Merging (#{node.to_sql}) and (#{ref.to_sql}) no longer maintains both conditions, and will be replaced by the latter in Rails 7.0. To migrate to Rails 7.0's behavior, use relation.merge(other, rewhere: true)."

In this article, we will talk about the expected behavior of merge, how it has changed and what to do in order to use the new behavior if you find yourself looking at this deprecation.

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As of May 1st, 2023, Heroku will no longer be supporting the Heroku-18 stack. The reason for this deprecation is to maintain synchronization with the Ubuntu Long Term Support releases. If you are currently running your Rails application on this stack, when you navigate to the Heroku dashboard you will notice a warning to upgrade to either Heroku-20 or Heroku-22 before the end of the Heroku-18 stack life on April 30th, 2023.

While Heroku-18 will not be supported, do not be alarmed or concerned that the apps running on this stack will stop working. Heroku has confirmed that all existing applications will not be interrupted and non-build functionality will still be available. However, to maintain access to security updates, technical support and the ability to perform new builds, an upgrade will be necessary and is highly recommended.

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