ActiveRecord helper for serialized hashes

ActiveRecord's serialize functionality is quite useful when you want some schema-less data within a relational database. I have found this particularly useful for two cases: Design elements on a page Authentication data for various (unknown) external services However, the one thing that is missing from the built in functionality is the nice getter/setters that ActiveRecord provides. Let's face it, hash syntax can be pretty annoying...

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Showing a default image if one doesn’t exist in jQuery

Posted on June 27, 2012

Have you ever wanted to default an image if the image url doesn't exist? In javascript, how do you check whether that url is real or not? Here's how! (in jQuery) (more…)

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DRY up Rspec with tap!

Posted on June 25, 2012

I'm a big fan of keeping Rspec DRY. Mostly, because it hurts my heart to have to write the same thing twice. It huuuurts. Here's a great article on code reuse in Rspec. A scenario I struggle with DRYing up: I'd like to either stub! or call should_receive on a method and sometimes return a value. Previously, I would still have to write the stub! or should_receive twice -- one with and_returns and one without. (more…)

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Recursively convert a Ruby hash to OpenStruct

I love OpenStruct. Like love love. The only reason I wouldn't marry it is that it won't recursively convert a nested hash to OpenStruct. So I wrote a hash extension to do just that. Wip out your credit cards, our wedding registry is forth coming. (more…)

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Extend Ruby hash to return all keys as symbols

It is sometimes useful to force all hash keys to be symbols, especially in a situation where you can't use HashWithIndifferentAccess. (more…)

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