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Interesting Bit of Code

February 11, 2020
Whenever I see screen shots of code, I think that my code isn't interesting enough to create a visual. I do tend to write small bits that are simple-looking (to my eyes.) So when writing this bit, I thought I'd record it for posterity in case I wanted something in the future. def looks_numeric? number =...

Authentication Strategies

January 30, 2017
Just thinking about all the possible authentication strategies and tokens: Single Auth Token ----------------- As a user, I want to authenticate for a single request, no session or authentication persistence, for API purposes or downloads. I assume it was a thing before this, but I was introduced to it by AuthLogic, long may it...

Results-Only Interface with Quest via SOAP / HL7

February 20, 2014
Just as a note, SOAP is not only very painful to use, but it's a system that uses HTTP, but ignores all the value you get from HTTP. There are dramatically better options. Check out ( by Steve Klabnik. I acknowledge that there is some value is being able to validate messages. But it doesn't, IMO,...

Search w/ Dynamic Options via collection+json

February 11, 2014
We're searching for people using 'location', 'radius', and 'specialization' fields. Since collection+JSON apparently doesn't provide a mechanism for delivering options like the HTML tag ``, we've forked the Ruby gem for collection+JSON and added that feature: ( Given I am an anonymous...

reverse lookup which package caused a file to exist

December 11, 2013
jw@logopolis:~$ sudo dpkg -S /lib/init/ initscripts: /lib/init/ cool. /hattip glitsj16 on #ubuntu

sending parameters with brackets [ ] via AngularJS

December 06, 2013
I want an AngularJS controller to POST to a Rails endpoint with parameters like { 'item': '32.50' } and have Rails see it as "item" => {"price": "32.50"}. This works perfectly well in normal HTML... it's not clear why it isn't working in Angular. Via HTTP ---------- It works in a normal HTML form: submitting this form, we...

Evolving thoughts about JSON APIs 2: a reason for collection+json

November 25, 2013
This is a follow-up to ( cJ is short for collection+JSON because lazy. Reasons for cJ --------------- Although I normally develop full-stack applications, I was contracted to implement a new API using a somewhat consistent pattern and was getting some positive feedback about...

installing rubinius + puma on EC2 with Amazon Linux

October 24, 2013
I have been struggling to get this to work, so I thought I would start fresh and write down the process in order to avoid making random decisions. Overview ---------- * install rubinius * install bundler * install MySQL * cap deploy:setup * cap deploy * puma . # see it work at all * get puma to run as a service Install...