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In Ruby, change global in thread safe block

In Ruby, I have a use case for a few common configuration options, e.g. NOOP, TRACE, SILENT. Right now I am using local vars instead of globals and passing them around all over the place and it's a ...
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How would you rate different website based on their content [on hold]

I'm the author of a ruby gem called LinkThumbnailer which basically allow you to generate website thumbnails given an URL. It fetches the images, title and more importantly a description that is ...
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RoR - Cleaner way to stop nil errors

Not that this is awful, but is there a better way to do the below? (post.content || "").html_safe
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Is there a purely technical term for 'monkey patching' [closed]

EDIT The original title of the question was Is there a non-derogatory term for 'monkey patching'. As I have learned that the term is actually not derogatory, or is at least not meant to be, I changed ...
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JSON - Ruby objects key naming

Ruby object has method/property: def tentakles_count 8 end JavaScript object has key/property: { justEnough: true } Now, when JavaScript gets serialised ruby object via XHR or WebSocket, ...
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Ruby on Rails - branding

I am working on a website, which is to have multiple brands. The core functionality for all brands will be the same, however there will be a number of differences between them. Those differences may ...
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Test Doubles, Mocks and Stubs - when not to use & why, for Ruby, Rspec

I've learned about mocking and stubbing and I've seen how they can help me create great test suites that run blindingly fast and thus speed up my development process hugely. However I've also seen ...
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Need advice on design in Ruby On Rails

For personal educational purposes I am making a site for a conference. One of the object that exist in a conference is a session, which has different states and in each state it has slightly different ...
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Help understanding server-side scripting

As far as I understand, there are basically 3 options for doing server-side scripting these days: Using scripting languages that can be directly interpreted/executed by the web server (e.g., PHP and ...
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How to execute a Ruby file in Java, capable of calling functions from the Java program and receiving primitive-type results?

I do not fully understand what am I asking (lol!), well, in the sense of if it is even possible, that is. If it isn't, sorry. Suppose I have a Java program. It has a Main and a JavaCalculator class. ...
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help me understand Rails and attributes as class methods

This is from the Hartl Rails tutorial. We are automatically logging in a user in the process of creating that user with a callback to #create_remember_token. It works great but there are some things, ...
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why many ruby gems won't work on windows

Most of the gems out there work fine on *nix but not on windows. First I tried mysql2, then dosu which shows incompatibility with ruby 2.0. I tried things on github issues, but no luck. I never had ...
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How to check robustness in a service that includes multiple points of failure in workflow, including FTP

As part of my workflow, I need to do all these steps in one transaction - I need to ftp files to 2 different FTP servers. - There is also a spreadsheet that gets generated which needs to be FTP'ed. ...
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If I use Ruby Migrations, do I have to use the rest of Ruby on Rails?

I'm currently trying to come up with a database migrations strategy for my organization. This includes getting the database scripts into source control, managing versioning, managing releases to QA / ...
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Is Non-Deterministic Resource-Management a Leaky Abstraction?

From what I can see, there are two pervasive forms of resource-management: deterministic destruction and explicit. Examples of the former would be C++ destructors and smart pointers or Perl's DESTROY ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of PHP/Ruby [closed]

I've been a front-end developer for about two years now, and I'm attempting to break into the server side of things. Ideally I'd like to work for a startup social network on the back-end side so I ...
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Is it okay to make coding style changes on an open source project that doesn't follow best practices?

Recently, I came across a number of open source Ruby (or majority of it was Ruby) projects on GitHub that when checked with a code analyzing tool like Rubocop, create a lot of offenses. Now, most of ...
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Designing and refactoring of payment logic [closed]

Im currently working on an application that helps users to coordinate dinner clubs and all related accounting. (A dinner club is where people in a group, take turns to cook for the rest and then you ...
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Auxiliary space complexity of map vs map!

I'm curious about the difference in space complexity between map and map! in ruby. If I have the methods: def mult_by_two(arr) arr.map {|i| i * 2 } end def mult_by_two!(arr) arr.map! {|i| i * 2 ...
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scoping concern when dealing with coupling

I'm learning ruby (and OOP in the process) and I find keep having to write the same patterns when logging progress so I want to wrap this up in a logging library that my other code can then just pass ...
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How do I explain a ruby method with a real-world analogy?

I am looking for a good analogy to help the concept of a method in ruby stick in my head. When I truly understand a concept, an image flashes in my mind that relates something physical to the abstract ...
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Is it okay to define a [] method in ruby's NilClass?

Ruby by default does not include the method [] for NilClass For example, to check if foo["bar"] exists when foo may be nil, I have to do: foo = something_that_may_or_may_not_return_nil if foo ...
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Efficient way of evaluating an array of strings then add to an array in Ruby

I am looking for an efficient way of evaluating an array of strings against a series of rules and then adding them to another array. For example I have an array of strings: something a 1234 #gohere ...
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Ruby module namespacing advice

in my current project have: module Stats class Site ... end class Product def initialize(product_id) @product_id = product_id end end class Profile ... end end ...
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Dealing with 'dirty' Ruby on Rails client

I had to leave a startup about a month ago because of lack of funding. Basically, this client wanted an application to allow contractors to create, update, read, and delete yardsigns. Straight forward ...
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ruby for desktop app or web app development [closed]

i am a beginner to ruby . i just did some minor research about why RUBY ? why choose RUBY ? whats new in it. Whenever i do type in a word RUBY in google search there comes a suggestion like RUBY on ...
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Why do so many languages treat numbers starting with 0 as octal?

I've read Where are octals useful? and it seems like octals are something that were once upon a time useful. Many languages treat numbers preceding with a 0 as octal, so the literal 010 is actually ...
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How to create html pages which don't change very much and not very often?

I have a Rails server that connects to a json API on another server to get data to build the pages dynamically. These pages, however, don't change very much and not very often. I was thinking I could ...
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Is the Observer pattern adequate for this kind of scenario?

I'm creating a simple game development framework with Ruby. There is a node system. A node is a game entity, and it has position. It can have children nodes (and one parent node). Children are always ...
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Should I refactor a F class from code climate? [duplicate]

According to code climate, a class is F, aka the worst mark you could be granted. I did submit a pull request to rearrange it here Which has been refused because the new code is supposedly too ...
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How do I test this?

I've attempted test first in Ruby on Rails using Test Unit and RSpec. I'm wondering how to do test first in situations that are more closely tied to the OS/filesystem. Problem: Building a USB stick ...
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Refactoring this code that produces a reverse-lookup hash from another hash

This code is based on the idea of a Form Object http://blog.codeclimate.com/blog/2012/10/17/7-ways-to-decompose-fat-activerecord-models/ (see #3 if unfamiliar with the concept). My actual code in ...
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Should I use the new method/action to retrieve records? (Rails)

I have an admin controller that is just used for its index action which renders a view with the most recent updates to certain resources: class AdminController < ApplicationController ...
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Programming beginner: Options for small program interfaces? [closed]

I have been a Rails developer for a year now, and I really want to start diving in to Ruby and pure programming without using a framework. However I am having trouble conceptualizing little programs I ...
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How does dependency inversion principle work in languages without interfaces?

In C#/Java, the dependency inversion principle is often demonstrated by high-level classes that depends on an interface/abstraction (that it owns). Low-level classes will implement the interface, thus ...
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What language to use for prototyping and creating quick scripts? [closed]

Right now, I use Python for my quick scripts and prototypes (e.g. algorithms, my pseudocode is very Python-like as well). The oher languages that I am familiar with include Java, C, x86 Assembly and ...
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Is there a reason for the crossover from the Ruby community to the Clojure Community?

When we look at the the overlap between the Ruby Community - we see the following overlaps: Think Relevance (now Cognitect) has switched from Ruby to Clojure Jay Fields has switched from Ruby to ...
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Is using static-typing the solution to domain-driven design and decreasing the number of errors?

We are using PHP (a dynamically-typed language) in our project. However, I have found my colleagues asking questions such as ...
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Concrete examples of Python's “only one way to do it” maxim

I am learning Python and am intrigued by the following point in PEP 20 The Zen of Python: There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it. Although that way may not be ...
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What should a Python developer know while learning Ruby? [closed]

I have been a Python programmer for about 18 months, consisting of one internship and a few side projects, and I consider myself pretty comfortable in the language. However, there seems to be a lot ...
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How do I set up pairing email addresses?

Our team uses the Ruby gem hitch to manage pairing. You set it up with a group email address (e.g. dev@mycompany.com) and then tell it who is pairing: $ hitch james tiffany Hitch then sets your Git ...
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Why does Clojure neglect the uniform access principle?

My background is Ruby, C#, JavaScript and Java. And now I'm learning Clojure. What makes me feel uncomfortable about the later is that idiomatic Clojure seems to neglect the Uniform access principle ...
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Is there a representation for mixins or traits on UML?

Is there a representation for modern programming constructs that are becoming common in modern OOP/hybrid languages like mixins/traits/categories/partial classes ?
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How to build an API on top of an existing Rails app with NodeJs and what architecture to use? [closed]

The explanation I was recently hired by a company that has an old RoR 2.3 application with more than 100k users, a strong SEO strategy with more than 170k indexed urls, native android and ios ...
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Ruby isn't a PHP generator, right? [closed]

My boss was looking down on me about learning Ruby because "It's just a PHP generator" which I can't find anything about it being so. Is this the case? I understand that the Rails framework can be ...
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Inherit one instance variable from the global scope

I'm using Curses to create a command line GUI with Ruby. Everything's going well, but I have hit a slight snag. I don't think Curses knowledge (esoteric to be fair) is required to answer this ...
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Ruby - when to use instance variables vs parameters between methods?

I'm writing several methods that call other methods. To pass the information I have a couple of choices: Pass the information as parameters Set instance variables so that other methods can access ...
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Rails: Useful example of delegate and Law of Demeter

I am currently learning about delegate and the Law of Demeter. I understand the Law of Demeter, but I can't seem to find a good example of where using delegate to avoid breaking the law would actually ...
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Why is Python used for high-performance/scientific computing (but Ruby isn't)?

There's a quote from a PyCon 2011 talk that goes: At least in our shop (Argonne National Laboratory) we have three accepted languages for scientific computing. In this order they are C/C++, ...
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Why does assigning a variable to false return false?

Why does: something = false always return false? Since it is an assignment and not a comparison, it seems it would make more sense to return the result (success/failure) of the assignment (like ...