SchmidtHappens

August Update

I cannot even believe it's August already. Find out what I've been up to.

A Quick Update

Things have been a little crazy for me lately. I wanted to take a moment and give an update.

Creating a Tag with HTML and CSS

The other day I saw a site that had a tagging system for the posts. Each "tag" was styled to look like an actual tag. Wanting to see how they did it, I opened up the developer console and saw they were using images. What?! This is 2014! We don't need no stinkin' images!

Add a Favoriting System to a Rails Project

Have you ever wanted to add a favoriting system to your Rails project? I just recently had a need for this and decided I'd share how I did it.

Introducing the Author Gem

I've been working on a ruby gem that makes authoring ebooks super simple. If simplicity is what you like, then you are in for a treat!

Don't Use system When Suppressing STDOUT

I recently needed to test the structure of a generated project and wanted to suppress STDOUT. Don't use system.

I'm writing a book

I've decided to write a book about the amazing blog-aware, static site generator Jekyll.

Jekyll Data Files

I moved to using data files for this site. Let me walk you through how and why I decided to do that.

Thoughts From a RailsConf Virgin

I recently returned from the 2014 RailsConf in Chicago. Since this was my first time attending, I wanted to share my thoughts on the conference. Hopefully, this will help others that have been thinking about attending and wondering "is it worth it?".

Fuck Your TDD

David Heinemeier Hansson [DHH] shocked a lot of people with his opening keynote at this years RailsConf. Not only did he coin the term "software writer", he also ignited some pretty heated debate about Test Driven Development [TDD].