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On The Bike Shed, hosts Chris Toomey & Steph Viccari discuss their development experience and challenges at thoughtbot with Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and whatever else is drawing their attention, admiration, or ire this week.

Latest Episodes

266: Spring is My Least Favorite Season

On this week's episode, Chris and Steph share mixed-feelings about Spring preloader and how to use Spring just for tests. They also dive into troubleshooting an OpenSSL error, Postgres generated columns, and creating moments of contentment. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Datadog - Click through to get a free 14-day trial and a free Datadog t-shirt! Scale Your Rails App Internationally in 30 Days Spring LibreSSL OpenSSL Apple WWDC 2011 - Next Generation Cryptographic Services Postgres Generated Columns Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:Datadog: Click through to get a free 14-day trial and a free Datadog t-shirt!Scout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Support The Bike Shed

37 min4 d ago
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266: Spring is My Least Favorite Season

265: There Are No Free Lunches

On this week's episode, Steph and Chris chat about database transactions and job queues, building static sites with GatsbyJS and NetlifyCMS, the performance impacts of front end frameworks and static content, and lastly they catch up on Hacktoberfest and the complexities of encouraging and supporting work in open source. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Datadog. Click through to get a free 14-day trial and a free Datadog t-shirt! Sidekiq delayed_job Que (Postgres-backed job queuing system for ruby apps) Transactionally Staged Job Drains in Postgres Postgres Job Queues & Failure By MVCC Gatsby.js Netlify NetlifyCMS Middleman MDX Steph's Monster blog monster-cute blog repo Svelte Rich Harris - creator of Svelte Rich Harris on full stack radio Extensity chrome extension Hacktoberfest DigitalOcean's Hacktoberfest is Hurting Open Source Hacktoberfest Update from...

46 min1 w ago
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265: There Are No Free Lunches

264: How to Win Friends and Influence Processes

On this week's episode Steph and Chris discuss the ins and outs of joining teams, building trust, and working together to improve processes and communication. They also touch on some lesser used features of bundler, and revisit a discussion around Rails maintenance periods thanks to some listener feedback. This episode is brought to you by: Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post ExpressVPN - Click through to can get an extra 3 months free on a one-year package. Initial conversation about posible Rails downtime handling Chris' post about read-only mode for better Rails downtime Bundler options to load specific gems Sponsored By:ExpressVPN: Click through to get get an extra three months FREE on a one-year package!Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postSupport The Bike Shed

41 min2 w ago
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264: How to Win Friends and Influence Processes

263: Keeping The Night Brain At Bay (Dave Rupert)

Steph's taking a quick break this week, but in her absence, Chris is joined by Dave Rupert. Dave is the lead developer at Paravel, co-host of the Shop Talk Show podcast, creator of The Accessibility Project, and an all-around prolific and thoughtful maker of digital things. Chris and Dave chat about creating and sharing content like podcasts and blogs and how to get past your inner editor. They discuss the web platform and accessibility, and finally, they round out the conversation with a chat about design systems as an intersection between design and development. This episode is brought to you by: Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post Datadog. Click through to get a free 14-day trial and a free Datadog t-shirt! ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Dave on Twitter Dave's site / blog Paravel The Accessibility Project Shop Talk Show Podcast How to Start a Podcast The Good Path (on Blogging) Jeremy Kieth Jekyll static site generator What is the Value of Browser Diversity? The WebAIM Million Project Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) The Accessibility Project Checklist Scott Hanselman The Hanselminutes Podcast Five Key Milestones in the Life of a Design System Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:Scout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Datadog: Click through to get a free 14-day trial and a free Datadog t-shirt!Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postSupport The Bike Shed

53 min3 w ago
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263: Keeping The Night Brain At Bay (Dave Rupert)

262: Good Idea, Terrible Idea?

On this week's episode, Chris introduces a new segment called "Good Idea, Terrible Idea?" as he considers introducing a read-only mode to avoid interrupting users during scheduled downtime. Steph has started a new project and explores the idea of merging separate, but similar, applications into one codebase. They also dive into micro-service environments to discuss the difficulties of integration testing and potential strategies. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post Earth, Wind & Fire - September ActiveRecord Persistence Amazon SQS Swagger GraphQL VCR The Bike Shed VCR episode - 189: It's Gonna Work, Definitely, No Problems Whatsoever Capybara Discoball React Podcast Episode - 110: Sam Selikoff on Finding a Full Stack React Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postScout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Support The Bike Shed

52 minSEP 29
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262: Good Idea, Terrible Idea?

261: A Jenga Tower of Lets and Context

On this week's episode, Steph and Chris tackle a listener question around composition over inheritance, especially in the context of Rails which makes regular use of inheritance. Dependency injection, OOP vs FP, frameworks vs app code -- they hit it all! They also chat about burnout and how they've dealt with it, using jq to investigate differences between json responses, refactoring tests and using let, and Steph shares her recent learnings about graphviz. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy ExpressVPN - Click through to get get an extra three months FREE on a one-year package! Getting Back to Work by Carl Reyes "If you're feeling down lately, here's a quick test to figure out why" tweet jq (command-line JSON processor) lets not graphviz Composition over Inheritance on Upcase React hooks, composition Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:ExpressVPN: ...

52 minSEP 22
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261: A Jenga Tower of Lets and Context

260: N+1s For Days

On this week's episode, Chris shares a tale of performance improvements and a recent discussion about replacing a REST API with GraphQL. Steph dives into migrating a database column to restrict input and dropping database columns safely. They also discuss when to abstract code (a topic that surprisingly, they may not agree on) and running "Unused" to identify dead code. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post ActiveRecord - ignore_columns strong_migrations Rails Issue - ActiveRecord enum: use validation if exists instead of raising ArgumentError Insomnia Unused Using Vim with ctags Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postScout: Give Scout a try for free today...

44 minSEP 15
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260: N+1s For Days

259: That's Not How Numbers Work

On this week's episode, Steph and Chris tackle the thorny topic of 10X engineers. Do we think they really exist? What characteristics make an individual more effective, and more importantly, what can they do for a team? To round out the conversation, they chat about rewrites and when they do and don't make sense, Ruby 2.7 keyword argument deprecation warnings, and a listener question revisiting Ruby popularity and what languages would we learn if we couldn't write Ruby anymore. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post Ruby 2.7 Deprecates Conversion Of Keyword Arguments GitHub - Upgrading GitHub to Ruby 2.7 Matz -- New 2.7/3.0 keyword argument pain point warnings gem Bike Shed 217 -- we answer "encouraging companies to use Ruby and Rails and asking how we identify ourselves as developers" Bike Shed 208 -- we answer "what makes Rails successful?" Bike Shed 234 -- we answer "the complex tradeoffs between craft, preferences, and business needs" GitHub Survey - Top Languages Stack Overflow survey - Programming Languages Google Trends - Dynamic Programming Languages 2020 Ruby on Rails Community Survey Results Ruby on Rails Podcast - 2020 Ruby on Rails Community Survey with Robby Russell Rust - Are we web yet? 10x engineer thread from 2019 Alice Goldfuss twitter thread on honesty in teams Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postScout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Support The Bike Shed

48 minSEP 8
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259: That's Not How Numbers Work

258: Digital Gardeners

On this week's episode, Steph and Chris discuss a git-blame feature that supports bypassing less helpful commits. They also revisit a discussion about Dependabot PRs and recent performance adjustments, sharing which strategies worked and which ones didn't. They also discuss the dreaded three-state boolean, designing a system for cacheability, and using Ruby's magic comment to freeze string literals. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post Trello Account Switching Feature Git feature: ignore-revs-file Chris's Tweet about ignore-revs-file Strong Migrations MemCachier Ruby 2.3 - magic comment to freeze string literals Sponsored By:Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postScout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Support The Bike Shed

41 minSEP 1
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258: Digital Gardeners

257: How Late On a Friday Can You Deploy?

On this week's episode, Steph & Chris take a deep dive into all things technical debt. How do you know when your code has reached "good enough"? When might we purposefully knowingly take on technical debt? How do we tackle existing technical debt without halting new development? How can we tell high-interest, hair on fire debt from "ehh, it's fine" debt that we can let lie? Tune in to find out! This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy FusionAuth - Use it for free today and get a free t-shirt, or upgrade to their paid editions and get 25% with promo code BIKESHED Rack::Timeout Sigterm The Art of Code Comments - Sarah Drasner | JSConf Hawaii 2020 Technical Debt Panel from thoughtbot Gary Bernhardt on Full Stack Radio Sandy Metz - The Halflife of Code Code Climate Churn vs Complexity Graph Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:FusionAuth: Use it for free today and get a free t-shirt. Or, upgrade to their paid editions and get 25% with promo code BIKESHED Promo Code: BIKESHEDScout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Support The Bike Shed

50 minAUG 18
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257: How Late On a Friday Can You Deploy?

Latest Episodes

266: Spring is My Least Favorite Season

On this week's episode, Chris and Steph share mixed-feelings about Spring preloader and how to use Spring just for tests. They also dive into troubleshooting an OpenSSL error, Postgres generated columns, and creating moments of contentment. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Datadog - Click through to get a free 14-day trial and a free Datadog t-shirt! Scale Your Rails App Internationally in 30 Days Spring LibreSSL OpenSSL Apple WWDC 2011 - Next Generation Cryptographic Services Postgres Generated Columns Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:Datadog: Click through to get a free 14-day trial and a free Datadog t-shirt!Scout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Support The Bike Shed

37 min4 d ago
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266: Spring is My Least Favorite Season

265: There Are No Free Lunches

On this week's episode, Steph and Chris chat about database transactions and job queues, building static sites with GatsbyJS and NetlifyCMS, the performance impacts of front end frameworks and static content, and lastly they catch up on Hacktoberfest and the complexities of encouraging and supporting work in open source. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Datadog. Click through to get a free 14-day trial and a free Datadog t-shirt! Sidekiq delayed_job Que (Postgres-backed job queuing system for ruby apps) Transactionally Staged Job Drains in Postgres Postgres Job Queues & Failure By MVCC Gatsby.js Netlify NetlifyCMS Middleman MDX Steph's Monster blog monster-cute blog repo Svelte Rich Harris - creator of Svelte Rich Harris on full stack radio Extensity chrome extension Hacktoberfest DigitalOcean's Hacktoberfest is Hurting Open Source Hacktoberfest Update from...

46 min1 w ago
Comments
265: There Are No Free Lunches

264: How to Win Friends and Influence Processes

On this week's episode Steph and Chris discuss the ins and outs of joining teams, building trust, and working together to improve processes and communication. They also touch on some lesser used features of bundler, and revisit a discussion around Rails maintenance periods thanks to some listener feedback. This episode is brought to you by: Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post ExpressVPN - Click through to can get an extra 3 months free on a one-year package. Initial conversation about posible Rails downtime handling Chris' post about read-only mode for better Rails downtime Bundler options to load specific gems Sponsored By:ExpressVPN: Click through to get get an extra three months FREE on a one-year package!Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postSupport The Bike Shed

41 min2 w ago
Comments
264: How to Win Friends and Influence Processes

263: Keeping The Night Brain At Bay (Dave Rupert)

Steph's taking a quick break this week, but in her absence, Chris is joined by Dave Rupert. Dave is the lead developer at Paravel, co-host of the Shop Talk Show podcast, creator of The Accessibility Project, and an all-around prolific and thoughtful maker of digital things. Chris and Dave chat about creating and sharing content like podcasts and blogs and how to get past your inner editor. They discuss the web platform and accessibility, and finally, they round out the conversation with a chat about design systems as an intersection between design and development. This episode is brought to you by: Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post Datadog. Click through to get a free 14-day trial and a free Datadog t-shirt! ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Dave on Twitter Dave's site / blog Paravel The Accessibility Project Shop Talk Show Podcast How to Start a Podcast The Good Path (on Blogging) Jeremy Kieth Jekyll static site generator What is the Value of Browser Diversity? The WebAIM Million Project Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) The Accessibility Project Checklist Scott Hanselman The Hanselminutes Podcast Five Key Milestones in the Life of a Design System Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:Scout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Datadog: Click through to get a free 14-day trial and a free Datadog t-shirt!Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postSupport The Bike Shed

53 min3 w ago
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263: Keeping The Night Brain At Bay (Dave Rupert)

262: Good Idea, Terrible Idea?

On this week's episode, Chris introduces a new segment called "Good Idea, Terrible Idea?" as he considers introducing a read-only mode to avoid interrupting users during scheduled downtime. Steph has started a new project and explores the idea of merging separate, but similar, applications into one codebase. They also dive into micro-service environments to discuss the difficulties of integration testing and potential strategies. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post Earth, Wind & Fire - September ActiveRecord Persistence Amazon SQS Swagger GraphQL VCR The Bike Shed VCR episode - 189: It's Gonna Work, Definitely, No Problems Whatsoever Capybara Discoball React Podcast Episode - 110: Sam Selikoff on Finding a Full Stack React Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postScout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Support The Bike Shed

52 minSEP 29
Comments
262: Good Idea, Terrible Idea?

261: A Jenga Tower of Lets and Context

On this week's episode, Steph and Chris tackle a listener question around composition over inheritance, especially in the context of Rails which makes regular use of inheritance. Dependency injection, OOP vs FP, frameworks vs app code -- they hit it all! They also chat about burnout and how they've dealt with it, using jq to investigate differences between json responses, refactoring tests and using let, and Steph shares her recent learnings about graphviz. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy ExpressVPN - Click through to get get an extra three months FREE on a one-year package! Getting Back to Work by Carl Reyes "If you're feeling down lately, here's a quick test to figure out why" tweet jq (command-line JSON processor) lets not graphviz Composition over Inheritance on Upcase React hooks, composition Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:ExpressVPN: ...

52 minSEP 22
Comments
261: A Jenga Tower of Lets and Context

260: N+1s For Days

On this week's episode, Chris shares a tale of performance improvements and a recent discussion about replacing a REST API with GraphQL. Steph dives into migrating a database column to restrict input and dropping database columns safely. They also discuss when to abstract code (a topic that surprisingly, they may not agree on) and running "Unused" to identify dead code. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post ActiveRecord - ignore_columns strong_migrations Rails Issue - ActiveRecord enum: use validation if exists instead of raising ArgumentError Insomnia Unused Using Vim with ctags Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postScout: Give Scout a try for free today...

44 minSEP 15
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260: N+1s For Days

259: That's Not How Numbers Work

On this week's episode, Steph and Chris tackle the thorny topic of 10X engineers. Do we think they really exist? What characteristics make an individual more effective, and more importantly, what can they do for a team? To round out the conversation, they chat about rewrites and when they do and don't make sense, Ruby 2.7 keyword argument deprecation warnings, and a listener question revisiting Ruby popularity and what languages would we learn if we couldn't write Ruby anymore. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post Ruby 2.7 Deprecates Conversion Of Keyword Arguments GitHub - Upgrading GitHub to Ruby 2.7 Matz -- New 2.7/3.0 keyword argument pain point warnings gem Bike Shed 217 -- we answer "encouraging companies to use Ruby and Rails and asking how we identify ourselves as developers" Bike Shed 208 -- we answer "what makes Rails successful?" Bike Shed 234 -- we answer "the complex tradeoffs between craft, preferences, and business needs" GitHub Survey - Top Languages Stack Overflow survey - Programming Languages Google Trends - Dynamic Programming Languages 2020 Ruby on Rails Community Survey Results Ruby on Rails Podcast - 2020 Ruby on Rails Community Survey with Robby Russell Rust - Are we web yet? 10x engineer thread from 2019 Alice Goldfuss twitter thread on honesty in teams Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postScout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Support The Bike Shed

48 minSEP 8
Comments
259: That's Not How Numbers Work

258: Digital Gardeners

On this week's episode, Steph and Chris discuss a git-blame feature that supports bypassing less helpful commits. They also revisit a discussion about Dependabot PRs and recent performance adjustments, sharing which strategies worked and which ones didn't. They also discuss the dreaded three-state boolean, designing a system for cacheability, and using Ruby's magic comment to freeze string literals. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Indeed - Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job post Trello Account Switching Feature Git feature: ignore-revs-file Chris's Tweet about ignore-revs-file Strong Migrations MemCachier Ruby 2.3 - magic comment to freeze string literals Sponsored By:Indeed: Click through and get started with a free seventy five dollar credit for your first job postScout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Support The Bike Shed

41 minSEP 1
Comments
258: Digital Gardeners

257: How Late On a Friday Can You Deploy?

On this week's episode, Steph & Chris take a deep dive into all things technical debt. How do you know when your code has reached "good enough"? When might we purposefully knowingly take on technical debt? How do we tackle existing technical debt without halting new development? How can we tell high-interest, hair on fire debt from "ehh, it's fine" debt that we can let lie? Tune in to find out! This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM - Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy FusionAuth - Use it for free today and get a free t-shirt, or upgrade to their paid editions and get 25% with promo code BIKESHED Rack::Timeout Sigterm The Art of Code Comments - Sarah Drasner | JSConf Hawaii 2020 Technical Debt Panel from thoughtbot Gary Bernhardt on Full Stack Radio Sandy Metz - The Halflife of Code Code Climate Churn vs Complexity Graph Become a Sponsor of The Bike Shed!Sponsored By:FusionAuth: Use it for free today and get a free t-shirt. Or, upgrade to their paid editions and get 25% with promo code BIKESHED Promo Code: BIKESHEDScout: Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy.Support The Bike Shed

50 minAUG 18
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257: How Late On a Friday Can You Deploy?
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