Did you know that Ruby provides a way for your script to use its own source file as a source of data? It's a neat trick that can save you some time when writing one-off scripts and proofs of concept. Let's check it out!
Have you ever had a bunch of data in an array, but needed to do a key/value lookup like you would with a hash? Fortunately, Ruby provides a mechanism for treating arrays as key-value structures. Let's check it out!
The only thing worse than getting paged in the middle of the night is to also wake up your partner. In this post I show you how you can set up a fitness tracker wristband to silently wake you up the next time you get paged.
Files are just large collections of lines or characters. Lazy enumerators make it possible to to some very interesting and powerful things with them.
Just how much slower are exceptions than other flow control mechanisms? In this post we use a simple benchmark to find out.
Ruby 2.1 and later support nested exceptions via the Exception#cause method. Now you can view these for any error reported to Honeybadger. This post gives a brief introduction to exception causes in Ruby, and shows you what they look like in the Honeybadger UI.
It's a common misconception that the raise method only accepts exceptions as its argument. This post will show you how you can raise ANYTHING, including numbers, dates, and your own custom classes.
One of the nice things about working with rails is that when something goes wrong in development, you get a really nice error detail page. Today we're going to take a look at how these fancy error pages work.
It’s easy to find code snippets that will delete the jobs from one Sidekiq queue. But we have lots of queues. I want to clear the jobs from all of them. After a little digging, I came up with an answer that seems to work well.
Fiddle is a little-known module that was added to Ruby's standard library in 1.9.x. It allow you to interact directly with C libraries from Ruby. In this post we'll start with some simple examples and finish by using termios to talk to an arduino over a serial port.
Sometimes the standard backtrace / error message combo isn't enough. Sometimes you need extra data to locate the cause of an error. In this post we'll discuss three easy ways to add more context to your exceptions.
If you've ever taken a look at Ruby's exception hierarchy, you may have noticed something weird. In addition to all of the normal exceptions like RuntimeError and NoMethodError, there's an odd reference to Errno::* . This post discusses what these exceptions are and how to interpret them.
Unix daemons are programs that run in the background. Nginx, Postgres and OpenSSH are a few examples. They use a some special tricks to “detatch” their processes, and let them run independently of any terminal. I thought it’d be fun to do a post illustrating how they work in Ruby.
With hard-to-reproduce bugs, it can be really handy to log all of the local and instance variables along with the exception. This post shows you how. Along the way we'll introduce Ruby's binding system as well as the bindingofcaller gem - a powerful tool for introspection.
Go is such a new language that even more established frameworks can have interesting quirks. One of the key issues learning the Go framework is the availability of useful documentation. Unfortunately, Go framework maintainers don’t always prioritize writing the documentation necessary to get new programmers up to speed on their frameworks. The five frameworks below, however, have usable documentation and are straightforward to use.
Byebug is a simple to use, feature rich debugger for Ruby 2.x. In this post, we'll discuss how to set up remote debugging with byebug so that you can debug code running in Pow, Unicorn or other application servers.
Nothing could be simpler and more boring than the case statement. It’s a holdover from C. You use it to replace a bunch of ifs. Case closed. Or is it? Actually, case statements in Ruby are a lot richer and more complex than you might imagine. Let’s take a look.
In this post we start out with the basics of unix sockets and finish by creating our own simple Ruby application server which can be proxied by nginx.
When you use a rescue clause in Ruby, you can specify what kinds of exceptions you want to rescue. But what if you want to rescue exceptions by severity? By message? By time of day? In this post we'll discuss how you can create dynamic exception matchers that use your logic to decide if an exception gets rescued.