Charles: Hey everybody and welcome to Episode 287 of the Ruby Rogues podcast. This week on our panel we have Jason Swett.
Charles: We have a special guest filling in, he’s Brian Hogan.
Brian: Hi everybody.
Charles: I’m Charles Max Wood from Devchat.tv. This week we have another special guest and that’s Cameron Dutro.
Cameron: Hello from sunny San Francisco.
Charles: It’s been awhile since you came on, you talked about Internationalization the last time you’re on. If people want to check that out, we’ll put a link in the show notes. Do you want to just give us another brief introduction? Maybe tell us what you’ve been up to since that other episode.
Cameron: Sure. Still working for Lumos Labs. We make a product called Lumosity, which is online brain training program. You can get it on your iPhone, your iOS device, your Android device are also on the web. I work mostly on the platform teams, I’m still doing that. Still mostly working on internalization and a little bit of performance stuff recently too.
One of the things that spurred I think this call is that I gave a talk at Rails Remote Conf called Hacking the Asset Pipeline. I’ve been working with the asset pipeline a lot since I came on the show last. The asset pipeline had been kind of a pain to work with sometimes and a pleasure to work with other times. I compiled this list of helpful tips and tricks that I wanted to share with the Ruby community. Gave that talk and then was reached out too by Chuck, he’s like, “Hey do you want to come on the show and talk about the asset pipeline?” I said, “Sure”. That’s the path to the show the second time.
Charles: Yeah. I really enjoyed the talk and I thought it would be interesting to dig into some of the aspects of the asset pipeline. I do want to warn the listeners that this probably isn’t as prepared or cohesive as the talk is, so you probably want to go listen to the talk as well as listen to this episode, because this is going to be more of a conversation about the asset pipeline, what it does, how it works, why we have it, what we like about it, and what we don’t like about.
Charles: Do you want to give us a brief introduction as far as what the asset pipeline is, what it does, and maybe a little bit of how it works.
Cameron: Yeah, yeah, totally. The asset pipeline is the Rails static asset build system. The reason that there’s a lot of contention about it is because the asset pipeline does a lot for you, kind of just like Rails does. In that way, it’s actually a very classic Rails style. If Rails was to make an asset pipeline, it would look exactly like the one we have because of all of the convention over configuration, mantra and ideology that the Rails community has. That’s basically what it is in a nutshell, static assets build system.
The asset pipeline also does a couple other cool things. It gives you live reloading and development. If you change an asset in development and then refresh the page, that asset will get recompiled by the asset pipeline under the hood and sets your browser so you don’t have to worry about restarting your Rails server or running a build script to compile your assets.
It does a lot of other cool things too, I’ll just touch on these briefly. One of the things it does is it appends a hash digest onto the end of each asset path in production so that if you make an asset change and then deploy, the asset will have a different digest, which means the browser looks like a different file which will bust the browser cache automatically. The hash by the way on the end of that file is a hash of the file’s contents. For example, if you go and then take that change out, your hash will be the same as well before. New clients will also want to redownload these assets again if you roll back for example. There’s a lot of cool functionality that has built in. I think that’s pretty much all that I can think of that I want to touch on for that.
The fact too is there’s an extensibility part too as well, where it supports a bunch of different preprocessors. Like I mentioned, you can process JSX, CoffeeScript, SAAS, and LAAS, and things like that with it. You can also write your own plugins to it, the cold preprocessors that will take basically any kind of file extension, transform the contents and then write that to disk or somewhere. It does have kind of an extensibility element as well. Does that give a good overview?
Also, configuring it can be pretty confusing because the config options are not totally obvious when you read them. That’s unfortunate. Maybe that’s because Rails doesn’t like configuration, Rails likes a convention so maybe we just haven’t in the Rails community have that much experience writing clear config options, I don’t know.
I talked about the extensibility of asset pipeline but it does have a fairly unstable public interface and that’s like you’re writing your own preprocessor. You have had to convert it on every major version of the asset pipeline. That could be frustrating as well.
The last couple things, I guess it’s a pretty complex code base as well. Asset pipeline is mainly made up of couple of Gems or the biggest one that was called Sprockets. Sprockets isn’t really complex code based, it’s kind of hard to figure out what’s going on in there. There’s been some clean-up efforts recently but not necessarily as much as I would like to see.
The last thing I have an issue with the asset pipeline is it’s hard to debug. You don’t really know where the stick of binding that pry to find out why your assets are building, or why your assets are building incorrectly, or whatever.
Brian: I’ve always got the impression from working with the asset pipeline. For some reason, it doesn’t seem as polished as the rest of Rails, it always seems that that’s the area where I run into problems. That’s the area where other developers run into problems. I was wondering because you’d mentioned that you’ve run to some frustrations. I was interested to know what is the biggest frustration that you have repeatedly with the asset pipeline and how did you resolve that.
Cameron: Okay, that’s a great question. It’s kind of two-fold for me but I would say consistently the biggest problem is just speed. It’s just an unbelievably slow compilation system.
As I’ve mentioned, speed I think was the biggest problem that I’ve had. That’s not saying there haven’t been other problems but speed is by far the big one. Whenever you’re trying to debug something on the asset pipeline trying to figure out why your asset won’t pile or whatever. Usually what you have to do is to a bunch of test compiling, test precompiling I should say. If that process takes seven, eight, nine, ten minutes then you can be stacked in this really slow feedback loop. That’s a lot of the pain that I have suffered through and trying to do certain thing to the asset pipeline.
Another thing we did was we disabled gzipping. The asset pipeline is capable of gzipping all your assets which is generally a good idea except that doing that in Ruby is not as efficient as just letting just your CDN do that. If you don’t have a CDN then you would definitely want to keep this enabled but we do. When we upload our assets to the CDN, whenever those assets are requested, CDN will automatically serve them gzipped. We didn’t need to do that in Ruby Lan. I think that’s saved us about 2% time. We’re up to about 9% total. They’re not huge speed increases but definitely not nothing. A pretty significant when you think about the overall time.
Another thing we tried to do was use this thing called Lib-SAAS, we have a lot of SAAS in our app. SAAS being the CSS preprocessor language, that’s a bad word for it. Who can describe this, it’s a better CSS basically.
Cameron: Yeah, exactly.
Charles: Yeah. Lib-SAAS is the C implementation of what used to be running Ruby and its way wicked fast.
Cameron: Yes, exactly. Lib-SAAS is like the C implementation, exactly. We tried to put that in our Gem file, that didn’t work because of Compass and Bourbon which have Ruby code embedded in. They have to execute Ruby code whenever an asset gets precompiled, which of course you can’t do in a C context or maybe you can but it’s not that supported. We had to abandon that. That probably would have sped things up a lot for us though.
I think by far the most speed increase the best performance optimization we wanted to make was compiling assets in parallel. If you can somehow harness all those different cores of your laptop or your build machine, then that can really speed things up. This is going to be temporary by the fact that didn’t actually work. But we saw like a 47% speed increase compiling assets in parallel. I say that it didn’t work because it ended up skipping a couple of assets and I ended up kind of abandoning that approach because I wasn’t spending too much time on it but it didn’t really make sense to keep going there. If somebody out there is willing to pair with me, I’m trying to figure that out, that would be awesome. I also want I mention, I think Sprockets 4 which again is the Gem that underlies the asset pipeline, I think Sprockets 4 actually does this better. I think it does compile assets in parallel. Maybe the answer for us is just upgrade to Sprockets 4. Those are kind of the big things
I guess there’s one more thing that we implemented which is asset fingerprinting. What that does is basically skips the entire precompile process if your assets haven’t changed at all. The way that it does that is it looks to all of your assets, so Sprockets expose an asset load path, you can explore all those assets and then it reads all those files and throws them into a hashing algorithm, and then writes out the resulting hash digest to an asset fingerprint text file. The next time you run asset precompile, the same hashing is done, and then we compare the current fingerprint with the previous fingerprint. If they match, you just don’t precompile.
Those are the five optimizations we tried and I think for the most part they work pretty well. There were a couple of dimensions that worked. I think fingerprinting is by far our biggest speed increase because of course nothing actually happens if your assets haven’t changed then that like is maybe that’s probably the 75% of all our deploys. Does I give you guys a kind of idea of my biggest problem with it and how that was solved?
Brian: Yeah, absolutely. It was nice to hear about the gzipping [00:14:37] those kinds of things to the CDN, other practical things.
Jason: I have a question. I work a certain amount with Angular and there’s kind of two ways to use Angular with Rails. One ways to put it in the asset pipeline and another way is to not to use the asset pipeline but use a build tool instead and have a client server architecture. In my mind, it’s kind of like an either or type of thing. I do it one way or I do it the other way. This might be a dumb question but are those two ideas mutually exclusive? Do you think it could ever make sense to use a build tool like webpack and the asset pipeline or just it really just makes sense to use one of the other?
Cameron: Yeah, that’s a good question. Personally, I think it make sense to use one or the other just because I think there’s a lot of room for human error there. You could end up including assets twice because webpack could reference an asset, the asset pipeline could reference an asset, it could both end up compiling that asset. If you’re gluing all your assets together somehow into like one big JS file, one big CSS file, it ended up including asset twice.
Jason: I think still because that’s the way I’ve been doing it the whole time. I either do it one way or do it the other way. I just wonder to maybe there were something that I didn’t know.
Brian: My experience has always been that when playing in Rails Lan because I’ve been working with Rails since 2005. Every time I’ve deviated from the way Rails wants me to do something, it’s always comeback to bite me because unfortunately I end up maintaining my old code bases once in awhile. I’ve forced myself to just do the work with what I’m doing with React, right in the asset pipeline when I was doing stuff with Angular work right into the asset pipeline. I’ve actually never tried the other approach but I know that there are colleagues of mine that have so I’m always interested to hear about the experiences with that. I’ve always gone with, “The asset pipeline is here, that’s the way I should do things. I’ve learned my lesson in the past. I’m just going to use the asset pipeline and make it work.”
Jason: I think there’s definitely some ways to swimming with the current and doing things the way the rest of the world does it. Because if you do stuff the same way other people do it then you’re more easily find like answers to your questions because other people are having the same kinds of challenges that you are and likely somebody has solved your problem before. I definitely agree. That’s a good idea.
Charles: Yeah. I just have to say that at the same time I’ve been playing with React a lot lately and I’ve done quite a bit of Angular, I have a podcast about Angular. I have to say that for me it’s not really, “Oh, well I’m in Rails. I’m going to do it the Rails way.” Especially with the Angular CLI and some of the React CLIs that are out there, they do a lot of the setup for you and they go the other way, they actually use webpack. I wind up being in the position where it’s like, “Okay, do I do it the Rails or the Angular way? Do I do it Rails way or the React way?”
Jason: In that situation you’re arguably no longer even in Rails. The way I do it, I have a totally separate folder that is completely unaware of Rails. You don’t have to take that in the consideration anymore in my mind because you’re not even really in Rails anymore.
Camero: What sort of things do you think you lose by doing that? What sort of advantages do you lose by keeping them separate?
Charles: The big thing that I see and it’s becoming less and less of an issue because most of the frameworks actually incorporate some form of DOM management is the jQuery Rails integration, that’s kind of nice. Sometimes if you’re building a simple or simple ish app and you really only need the jQuery stuff but you want some of the nice stuff that comes with React or Angular for manipulating the frontend, then that’s where I wind up making the trade of is that, “Oh, I could do this really nicely with the remote through and some slick little call back that Rails has built in that works with jQuery.” Then I have to pull the Angular stuff in another way.
Jason: Yeah. I’m looking at it right now actually.
Jason: Yeah. I could see that.
Cameron: Right, for sure.
Jason: Yeah. You’re describing exactly the way Rails works. You need something to [00:30:39] click when it brings up Rails application.
One thing that I’ve seen that I ran into a while back was I decided, oh, I’m going to pull Angular in through the asset pipeline. And then all of the Angular 2.0 examples if you go and look, at least the ones that are updated first are all in TypeScript so I was like, “Oh, I want to use TypeScript for my stuff,” so I pulled in Rails TypeScript, or TypeScript Rails Gem, I don’t remember what it was and it totally died. I tried to compile stuff and it just wouldn’t play nice.
Cameron: Yeah. That’s a great question. That gets to part of the talk that I also gave which was creating your own preprocessor for whatever file format you happen to want to put in the asset pipeline. First, I want to say though, I would totally use ChuckScript, that sounds awesome.
Charles: It does everything you want, I promise.
Cameron: Yeah, cool. I think that this is probably good candidate for that for adding this preprocessor. The description about how to do that, it’s actually not mine, it was written by Shenim. I can probably send you guys a link to this. It’s on GitHub, it’s a markdown file and he just describes how you write a preprocessor so that it works with all major versions of Sprockets. That’s version 2, 3, and 4 for the most part. 4 being the most cutting agent, that’s in Rails 5. You can use it with Rails 4 as well but not without significant work there.
Basically it’s a pretty straightforward interface, this is for Sprockets 3 and 4, you create an object that responds to call. I think it receives a context variable or something. You pull in information out of context and including those source of the asset that you want to compile, and then you would take the contents that asset, throw it through the ChuckScript precompiler or transpiler, and then hand that back to the asset pipeline by returning it from that call method, and that gets written to disk and do your business.
Charles: Very cool. I would have to have Node installed if that’s a prerequisite for the transpiler for ChuckScript. And then have the ChuckScript transpiler CLI tool installed as well, and then I just set up my asset pipeline plugin to essentially call out to the ChuckScript command line tell which files to pick up and then it sends it back to the plugin, and then it goes on to the next step in the asset pipeline.
Charles: Right. What require me to install Node and then do an NPM-g installed ChuckScript.
Cameron: Exactly, yeah, yeah.
Cameron: Exactly, exactly, yeah. That’s kind of the magic of the asset pipeline. You don’t just drop crap into your Gem file. This is also maybe part of the reasons it’s bad but you can drop crap into your Gem file and then for the most part it just works.
Charles: Nice. By the way the file extension for ChuckScript is .awesome.
Cameron: Oh, right. Sorry, I should realize.
Brian: Sorry, I’m already using that for awesome script so can’t’ have that.
Jason: I thought it was .cmw, I think that would make sense.
Charles: Oh, there we go.
Brain: Yeah, there we go.
Charles: I sign everybody else’s work, that’s why it’s cmw.
Jason: Awesome. I’m curious, I describe some of the issues that I have deal with the asset pipeline but I’m really interested to hear from you guys what other issues you’ve ran into, maybe there are performance related. I know we talked about performance, we talked about any of the issues that you ran into when you want to add new steps to your app and things like that. Are there any of those specific problems that you guys to run into using the asset pipeline?
Charles: Anyway, what were you going to say Brian?
Brian: The biggest issue that I always run into is when working with junior developers or people new to Rails. I spent a lot of time teaching people how to use Rails. Everything is going along just fine. These are people who typically have a background in html and CSS. They want to move into the backend. The issues they ran into by the way are, “I want to use bootstrap, how do I use bootstrap?” “I know I will find the bootstrap Gem.” “Wait, which bootstrap Gem do I use?” “I have to install this and where do I put these lines of configuration.”
Cameron: Yeah. That’s interesting. Does that work for the most part?
Brian: Yeah. It works because you just them in the layout file. “I got bootstrap, I got bootstrap working, it’s done.” They just kind of bypass the asset pipeline all together. “Did you use the bootstrap Gem?” “Nah, I couldn’t get it to work, what did you do?” Out there it is and there, all right. A little I guess but it speaks to a problem because that’s the thing is we get so close to this technology. The more experience we get with it, we see those problems and we immediately fix them, we can immediately address them. The junior developers are the ones that are coming up. They haven’t seen those kinds of weird issues before. I’d like to see everybody who really knows this stuff to do their part and sent poll request in to make documentation on these things better, and give more wonderful presentations like our guest has given, and to just really educate people and help people really understand how to use the asset pipeline.
Jason: Do you think most of the problems that arise with people who don’t know the asset pipeline as well as just that they don’t know it as well, or because it’s too complicated, or is there some other root cause to that?
Jason: Exactly. The hygiene you’re talking about is does your code play nicely with others.
Cameron: Right. Yes. Sandi Metz says, one of her big topics I think and I’m going to be in trouble if I’m misquoting here but I think she has really stressed that when you write code, and this is true, any language where you really optimizing force not necessarily speed, well at least not at first, not necessarily speed, I wouldn’t even say readability so much, it’s just making it easy to change because you know that it’s just going to be a fact, it’s just a reality that you’re going have to put change that code in some point in the future. By writing that code with that in mind oftentimes you can produce I think better code that won’t give somebody headache down the road.
Cameron: Okay. That’s a really good question. The thing that I would probably do is first ask, is this library something that’s on NPM already? If it is, then I would just use Rails assets. Rails assets-package name and pull that in as a Gem. I think that’s probably more sustainable. Because then every time that a new is published to NPM, you can request that new version and Rails assets will build that Gem for you and deliver it to you. If it’s not an option, if it’s not published to the NPM, the easiest way is probably just to vendor it. I don’t like that strategy so much because you don’t really make and there’s no updates that you get automatically or easily. I think that’s your last resort I think is to vendor it.
Brian: Yeah. You’re saying that the Rails assets approach is preferable to vendoring whenever possible?
Cameron: Yeah. I think so because you just get a lot benefits from that. Most of the benefits are related to versioning.
Charles: I’m wondering Cameron, let’s say that somebody decides, “Hey, I want to dig into the asset pipeline and really get it.” What resources did you use to figure this stuff out? Was it trial and error, or did you read the code, or have you read blog post or other books?
Cameron: That’s a good question. I have not really read a blog or written blog post. Most of my experience to the asset pipeline has been just trial and error. I also did read the Rails guides. When it first came out and like Rails 3.1, there are also like a lot of release notes and that time I was really excited about Rails 3 so I did a lot of reading about it, all these various blog post and things. I’m not going to be able to tell you which ones of those work because that was like probably four years ago. That as a wild go but the Rails guides to the asset pipeline is pretty good. That explains what it is, how to use it, not necessarily how to write your own preprocessor but it does tell you what the config options mean and things like that. Definitely recommend the Rails guide, I think its railsguides.org or something, I don’t remember, guides.rubyonrails.org.
Charles: That sounds right.
Cameron: That’s a great resource. Just in general, those are really good resources for learning Rails. It’s written in I think a pretty conversational style. Doesn’t have all the information that you might need in there but it does have a lot. The other way that I’ve learned a lot about Sprockets specially is by actually opening up the Gems and looking at their source code. I have to admit that it’s not for the pain of heart, those Gems are really complicated. They’ve been cleaned up a lot by Shenim or Scheiman, these are great job of cleaning those up.
Recent version of Sprockets like 3.7 and forward or a lot cleaner to look at, easier to understand. You’re still definitely going to be waiting to through lots of new concepts when you first open those Gems. That is the ultimate way of learning how something works by actually reading a source code. Those are the major ways that I’ve played with it and learned about it.
Charles: All right. That sounds really cool. That kind of sounds like learned it the hard way.
Cameron: Yeah, yeah. I think so. That means that a lot of errors that I made, the issues that I ran into are ones that I won’t make again.
Brian: Exactly. I just wanted to say that I think what you did is super important. Cracking the source code for the things that you’re using is something that not every developer does but it’s certainly is something. I encourage every developer to do it every now and then, just look at the source code for the things that you sue and you rely on. It’s there for you and you can learn a lot from it.
Cameron: Absolutely, so true.
Charles: All right. Let’s go ahead and hit some picks. Jason, do you want to start us of with picks?
Jason: Sure, I got some picks. My picks by the way pretty much never have anything to do with computers. Just be prepared I guess, these are totally random things and I pretty much always will be. My first pick is this book called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. That was a really book because it teaches you how to draw even if you think you don’t have any artistic talent. I went through and did their exercises. They kind of spoon-feed you some exercises, they have you draw this grid on a piece of plexiglass and stuff like that. I was just blown away by what I was able to produce after I went through those exercises. If you’re into that kind of stuff at all, check out that book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.
The other thing is this podcast that I really enjoyed although I haven’t listen to it much lately called Philosophize This! Philosophy is kind of like a notoriously inaccessible topic. This podcast, the host is really awesome, he really spells things out in a very accessible way, makes things really easy to understand, and it’s just super easy to listen to, so I really enjoyed that podcast, it’s called Philosophize This! That’s my picks.
Charles: All right. Brian, what are your picks?
Brian: All right, what are my picks? I do a lot of writing, I do a lot of tutorials and things like that. I got to say that one of the things that is saving me an incredible amount of time is this brand new markdown editor called Typora and you can find it at typora.io. It’s a little bit interesting take on the what you see is what you get because you just typewrite inside of it and it converts your markdown right to html markup when you focus away from that section of the document. The biggest advantage that it has is that it supports the mermaid diagramming language. If you need to include flowcharts, or state diagrams, or [00:50:36] in your documentation, you can do them in mermaid code as if you were doing any other kind of code fence and type work and run through the actual document. If you run to the actual diagram right in the document, when you export it to a PDF, or an EPUB, or something, there is your diagram right inside of the document. I think it’s just fantastic, it’s saving me so much time. I don’t have to reason for a vector graph tool for simple diagrams and things like that.
The other thing is in the month of November, GitHub is doing this game jam. Build the game and submit it to GitHub for judging. I’m participating in that using a web framework called facer.io. I love Facer for making 2D games and I recommend anybody who was never written a game or never dabble in making game, check out Facer because it’s a lot of fun, does a lot of things for you but that’s crazy fun to build some kind of cool games with it.
Charles: Very nice. I’m going to jump in here with a couple of picks. The first one is I just hired a new business coach and she has a podcast. I’m going to talk about her for a minute. Her name is Jamie Masters, she used to be Jamie Tardy and her podcast is the Eventual Millionaire. I’m super excited to get things going there. Anyway, she only interviews millionaires and talks to them about basically how they made their money and gets a lot of great advice for people who are looking to become millionaires. If you want to check that out, go check it out.
She also turn me on to a tool, actually she gave me homework. That’s what you get from coaches. The tool is called toggl.com. It’s a time tracking software. Back in my days of being contractor full time, I hate tracking time, I seriously hate tracking time. It’s been really interesting. I’ve been only doing it this week, so yesterday and today. Today is November 8. Anyway, it’s just been interesting to see, “Oh, I tend to get side track in the morning. I didn’t realize that until I started tracking my time.” Or “Oh, I don’t really count this time when I start thinking about the time that I spend doing stuff. For example the time I spent planning and fixing up my calendar and doing kind of the email triage I do in the morning for about 20 minutes.” Because that’s about how long it takes me to go through the emails and go, “Okay, archive, archive, archive, archive, quick response, archive, quick response, quick response, archive, oh, that’s an emergency, I got to handle that.” Anyway, it’s been kind of interesting to say, “Oh, okay, I actually spend this amount time doing these kinds of things throughout the week.” I’m really looking forward to what kinds of breakthroughs I’m going to have just from the standpoint of seeing how my time is spent.
I used another app called DeskTime before and it kind of automatically tracks stuff. But it only tracked it based on the applications and website you’re using at the time. I found playing Clash of Clans on my phone or something like that then it won’t pick it up. With this, if I’m being honest then I’ll put Clash of Clans in and go, “Oh, I spent an hour yesterday attacking other clans or whatever.” It’s been really, really interesting just to see where the time is going, so I’m also going to pick that.
Finally, today is November 8, which here in the United States means that people are going to be going out on voting today. By the time this goes out we already know who the next president is, who are congressmen and women are, and who the senators are, and things like that. Things have gotten really ugly during this election. I’ve actually posted some things to my Facebook timeline that other people took offense to. I get a, “Shame on you,” and all that stuff. Ultimately, I just wanted I guess pick, be nice to each other. Regardless of who wins and whose president and all the stuff, I don’t understand why you would think this. I’m trying to picture in my head what your point is instead of, “Oh there’s one little thing about this thing that really ticks me off.” I think we can have some interesting conversations and come to the place where we understand each other. I think this is important not only in the political realm but on our development teams, and with our neighbors, and other people who we interact with at various levels. Really, I guess I’m just calling for people at this point, I know this going to come a couple of weeks after the election, to just come together and talk to each other and try to understand each other.
Cameron: What about like tabs versus bases?
Charles: That’s a step too far, sorry.
Brain: No, don’t, no. Next to be in [00:55:41], we don’t need to go there. Oh man, oh man, holy war.
Charles: Yup. Some things like Tabs are just wrong. Just kidding. All right. Cameron, what are your picks?
Cameron: Okay. First of all, Chuck, I really appreciate that you’re saying no matter what your political beliefs, make sure you’re nice to each other. Everybody has different point of view, it’s super important to recognize that and not just shove your own discoursed on people’s throats or just be rude in general. Totally agree with that. This has been a super-heated election cycle and I think a lot of us are just ready for it to be over. Anyway, we’ll see what happens. I guess a lot of people are a little nervous, I’m kind of over the nervous now, I think I’m ready just to move forward.
Charles: I’m not nervous, we’re screwed either way.
Cameron: Right. My picks today, I’ve got a couple of them. The first one I want to pick is Ruby Together, it’s that rubytogether.org. It’s this organization that is committed to supporting Ruby infrastructure that we rely all the time like Bundler, RubyGems, other shared tools. They’re doing great work like they’re trying to raise money in order to pay developers to work on this critical infrastructure. Rails generally has a lot of support from the community but Bundler, RubyGems other short tools, they don’t necessarily have all that support because the people that maintain them have other jobs to do, they’re not paid to work on these things. Ruby Together is a way to help pay for them to do that.
You can join as an individual developer or you can ask your company to join. There’s different giving levels that you can do. I would totally recommend, I became an individual contributor couple of weeks ago. I just feel really good about doing that because I know I use these tools every day and so does the company and we rely on them, so why not pay for them. That’s Ruby Together.
I also have to pick Lumosity. Lumosity is the phenomenal way to entertain yourself and to keep your brain trained and elastic, get ready for the next challenge. We have a pretty dedicated science team here that trust to validate our games and prove that they are good for keeping your brain sharp. We publish several studies. We can’t make the claim necessarily that it will make you smarter, anything like that but I can definitely say that the games are fun and that I really appreciate working here. I definitely pick Lumosity games.
I think my last pick is going to be the Seattle Seahawks. I’m from Seattle and I’m a huge Seahawks’ fan. Go Seahawks. Hopefully they can be the patriots next week.
Charles: I was going to make some noises about the Seahawks, “Oh man, but if they’re playing, they’re patriots.”
Cameron: I know.
Charles: If people want to follow up with you, follow you on Twitter, see what you’re doing, anything like that, where do they go Cameron?
Cameron: You can follow me on Twitter @camertron. I’m pretty much camertron everywhere on the internet, that includes GitHub. My GitHub page is much open source projects on it. Those are the two big ones. That’s what you can do.
Charles: All right. We’ll go ahead and wrap this one up. Thanks again for coming. We’ll put a link to your talk from Rails Remote Conf in the show notes and we’ll catch you all next week.
Cameron: Alright, thanks guys.
Jason: Bye guys.