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“Small functions considered harmful”jrochkind

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:47:23 +0000

From a blog post by Cindy Sridharan. Remind you of any library/cultural-heritage sector codebases you’ve worked with lately? Some people seem so enamored with small functions that the idea of abstracting any and every piece of logic that might seem even … Continue reading (image)

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on hooking into sufia/hyrax after file has been uploadedjrochkind

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 21:49:16 +0000

  Our app (not yet publicly accessible) is still running on sufia 7.3. (A digital repository framework based on Rails, also known in other versions or other drawings of lines as hydra, samvera, and hyrax). I had a need to … Continue reading (image)

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On open source, consensus, vision, and scopejrochkind

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:30:49 +0000

Around minute 27 of Building Rails ActionDispatch::SystemTestCase Framework from Eileen Uchitelle. What is unique to open source is that the stakeholders you are trying to find consensus with have varying levels of investment in the end result… …but I wasn’t prepared for all … Continue reading (image)

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On choicesjrochkind

Mon, 15 May 2017 17:42:09 +0000

In a blog essay about non-rational devotion to software choices (the author argues it’s inevitable), a quote sprang out at me that reminds me of many decisions I’ve seen made at large institutions, as well as in distributed open source … Continue reading (image)

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Memo on Technical Operational Considerations for IIIF in a Sufia/Hyrax appjrochkind

Thu, 11 May 2017 20:56:46 +0000

(A rather lengthy, as is my wont, memo I wrote for internal use, which I also share with you) IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) is a standard API for a server which delivers on-demand image transformations. What sort of transformations … Continue reading (image)

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Exploring and planning with Sufia/Hyrax/Fedora fixity validationjrochkind

Mon, 01 May 2017 20:44:20 +0000

“Fixity” validation — basically validating a checksum against bytes on disk to make sure a file still is exactly as it was on ingest — is an important part of any digital preservation collection, and my understanding is that it’s … Continue reading (image)

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On the graphic design of rubyland.newsjrochkindScreenshot 2017-04-21 11.21.45Screenshot 2017-04-21 11.32.51Screenshot 2017-04-21 11.36.48.pngScreenshot 2017-04-21 11.39.16Screenshot 2017-04-21 11.39.36

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:43:05 +0000

I like to pay attention to design, and enjoy good design in the world, graphic and otherwise. A well-designed printed page, web page, or physical tool is a joy to interact with. I’m not really a trained designer in any … Continue reading (image)

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One way to remove local merged tracking branchesjrochkind

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:50:11 +0000

My git workflow involves creating a lot of git feature branches, as remote tracking branches on origin. They eventually get merged and deleted (via github PR), but i still have dozens of them lying around. Via googling, getting StackOverflow answers, … Continue reading (image)

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Use capistrano to run a remote rake task, with maintenance modejrochkind

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:52:03 +0000

So the app I am now working on is still in it’s early stages, not even live to the public yet, but we’ve got an internal server. We periodically have to change a bunch of data in our (non-rdbms) “production” … Continue reading (image)

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Hash#map ?jrochkind

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:15:37 +0000

I frequently have griped that Hash didn’t have a useful map/collect function, something allowing me to transform the hash keys or values (usually values), into another transformed hash. I even go looking for for it in ActiveSupport::CoreExtensions sometimes, surely they’ve added … Continue reading (image)

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“Polish”; And, What makes well-designed software?jrochkind

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:13:28 +0000

Go check out Schneem’s post on “polish”. (No, not the country). Polish is what distinguishes good software from great software. When you use an app or code that clearly cares about the edge cases and how all the pieces work … Continue reading (image)

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Command-line utility to visit github page of a named gemjrochkind

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:45:39 +0000

I’m working in a Rails stack that involves a lot of convolutedly inter-related dependencies, which I’m not yet all that familiar with. I often want to go visit the github page of one of the dependencies, to check out the … Continue reading (image)

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Monitoring your Rails apps for professional ops environmentjrochkind

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:22:29 +0000

It’s 2017, and I suggest that operating a web app in a professional way necessarily includes 1) finding out about problems before you get an error report from your users (or at best, before they even effect your users at all), and 2) … Continue reading (image)

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“This week in rails” is a great ideajrochkind

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:46:57 +0000

At some point in the past year or two (maybe even earlier? But I know it’s not many years old) the Rails project  started releasing roughly weekly ‘news’ posts, that mostly cover interesting or significant changes or bugfixes made to … Continue reading (image)

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searching through all gem dependenciesjrochkind

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:28:58 +0000

Sometimes in your Rails project, you can’t figure out where a certain method or config comes from. (This is especially an issue for me as I learn the sufia stack, which involves a whole bunch of interrelated gem dependencies).  Interactive debugging techniques … Continue reading (image)

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idea i won’t be doing anytime soon of the week: replace EZProxy with nginxjrochkind

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 03:03:07 +0000

I think it would be possible, maybe even trivial, to replace EZProxy with nginx, writing code in lua using OpenResty.  I don’t know enough nginx (or lua!) to be sure, but some brief googling suggests to me the tools are there, … Continue reading (image)

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Return to librarylandjrochkind

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:48:50 +0000

I’m excited to announce this week is my first week working for the Othmer Library division at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. CHF’s name isn’t necessarily optimal at explaining what the organization does: It’s actually an independent history of science institute (not in fact … Continue reading (image)

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rubyland infrastruture, and a modest sponsorship from honeybadgerjrochkind

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:04:11 +0000 is my hobby project ruby RSS/atom feed aggregator. Previously it was run on entirely free heroku resources — free dyno, free postgres (limited to 10K rows, which dashes my dreams of a searchable archive, oh well). The only thing I … Continue reading (image)

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bento_search 1.7.0 releasedjrochkind

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:04:05 +0000

bento_search is the gem for making embedding of external searches in Rails a breeze, focusing on search targets and use cases involving ‘scholarly’ or bibliographic citation results. Bento_search isn’t dead, it just didn’t need much updating. But thanks to some … Continue reading (image)

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CDs are not archival storagejrochkind

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:56:59 +0000

Not even non-writeable factory-written ones. When Discs Die: CDs were sold to consumers as these virtually indestructible platters, but the truth, as exemplified by the disc rot phenomenon, is more complicated.Filed under: General(image)

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