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[20:36:39] alfie: reber: uh... gonna have to be more specific

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2017-11-27

[01:19:52] alfie: s2013: it's like 1am, be patient :P
[10:42:49] alfie: simmerz: i have no constructive input, but i have condolences :P
[10:43:01] alfie: ACTION had to do this in a previous job, except using VB6 and VBA because that's all we could run on client systems

2017-11-26

[12:54:31] alfie: conta: important question: are you providing a password larger than 8 characters?
[12:56:48] alfie: ah, right, i think i know what's going on
[12:57:43] alfie: conta: append `allow_nil: true` - that way if you're *not* updating the password, it will validate
[12:58:41] alfie: conta: you appear to be updating the user without updating :password, and it's trying to validate for a *new* :password, which you don't want :P
[12:59:00] alfie: because you're not providing a new :password, it's set to nil, and that doesn't pass the validation
[13:02:18] alfie: conta: no worries! it is confusing, but it does make sense if you understand how rails validations work
[13:02:29] alfie: or rather, active record validations

2017-11-21

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2017-11-20

[16:14:06] alfie: dgsan: uh... symlinks and grep >.>

2017-11-19

[13:59:54] alfie: dminuoso: is there a writeup of the ~recommended~ deployment process for "artisanally administrated" servers?
[14:00:35] alfie: (mainly because people end up using RVM if they don't know better :P)
[14:01:09] alfie: and, if system ruby is horribly out of date?
[14:01:17] alfie: (docker isn't a solution, for reasons i'll get into at some point :P)
[14:02:31] alfie: sweet, i may actually do some kind of writeup on an "artisan" deployment of Rails later on, just making sure i wasn't re-doing someone else's work :P
[14:05:14] alfie: yeah, i'm using chruby and ruby-install for my stuff, but i've taught saltstack how to deploy rails applications :P
[18:25:44] alfie: sylario: change prod. seriously, it'll save you a world of hate.
[21:28:03] alfie: amperry: addresses are so horribly variable that unless you have a VERY good reason, I’d store them exactly as input in a single text field
[21:41:31] alfie: ACTION used to have access to AddressBase, which is _almost_ a canonical database of UK postal addresses
[21:42:24] alfie: do NOT try to store addresses in any fashion that isn’t `[postal address], [country]`. it won’t work out.
[21:42:37] alfie: also, country is not a selection list

2017-11-16

[21:21:33] alfie: nachoman: respond_to
[21:22:35] alfie: nachoman: in your respond_to blocks, you can `format.json { render json: @whatever }` and it'll spit out JSON instead of HTML
[21:23:32] alfie: nachoman: although, i'd recommend you do it properly and separate out your API into an application with it's own controllers/etc, so you can version it properly
[21:28:43] alfie: nachoman: in what context?

2017-11-15

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[20:22:05] alfie: megan1993: why can’t you use rspec’s subject class?

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2017-11-07

[14:06:45] alfie: ACTION eyes the bot
[14:07:03] alfie: mauro1254: in order for data to persist, you need to save it somewhere. that's what the database is for. what is the problem you're trying to solve?
[14:07:38] alfie: ah, that'd be why
[14:09:39] alfie: mauro1254: alright. and, what's the problem this solves?
[14:09:59] alfie: (i'll keep iterating up the yak stack until we find something that looks like a problem in itself and not solutions to other problems :P)
[14:15:26] alfie: mauro1254: which version of rails are you using?
[14:16:08] alfie: have a look into validates_associated
[14:19:45] alfie: (brb, eating lunch)

2017-11-03

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2017-10-30

[21:37:17] alfie: dminuoso: i have my editor set to display breaking spaces and non-breaking spaces differently when i show whitespace for this reason
[22:51:33] alfie: clair13: you can do this with wget and recursive grep nonsense, but this is not the channel to ask about that. also, it's not a particularly useful thing to do :P
[22:56:21] alfie: clair13: you can crawl a site with wget and follow every link, but you can't magically know what a site looks like if they don't publish a sitemap
[22:56:42] alfie: wget is a brilliantly useful tool :D
[23:32:52] alfie: on the topic, i've not actually played with any of the ruby web crawlers yet

2017-10-27

[12:35:01] alfie: can you link it? that’d be help— thanks
[12:38:25] alfie: usb777: i’d reccomend the actual rails documentation as a good start
[12:42:06] alfie: general comment: video tutorials are not a good way to learn software like rails
[12:42:24] alfie: they go out of date quickly, they’re hard to follow, and they’re just not very information-dense
[12:43:08] alfie: usb777: my advise is to run with the official Rails “getting started”: http://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started.html
[12:43:40] alfie: that way, you’ll get help a lot better
[12:44:53] alfie: no worries! good luck, have fun, use postgresn
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2017-10-26

[21:55:43] alfie: snake38: my advice is to care slightly less if you can
[21:55:45] alfie: it's a job :P
[21:56:33] alfie: i just came from an environment I were we used fucking Oracle RDBMS on _desktop windows hosts_ for some stuff
[21:56:45] alfie: i won't name and shame because it's not fair to kick someone when they're already down
[21:57:05] alfie: dminuoso: ... across the world via a VPN on a shoddy connection in an office with 98% uptime on the mains supply
[21:59:25] alfie: snake38: yeah. sure, it sucks to work with what is frankly a garbage OS to develop on
[21:59:39] alfie: but... have you tried administrating desktop linux in an enterprise environment? :P
[21:59:58] alfie: ask for a mac if possible, otherwise suck it up and spend your free time contributing to linux OTD :P
[22:00:54] alfie: ACTION is about to buy a new one
[22:00:57] alfie: i considered that
[22:01:04] alfie: then looked at the rest of the laptop market
[22:01:09] alfie: and realised "oh god this all sucks, i'm sticking with apple"
[22:01:39] alfie: snake38: yeah, it just makes... everything else harder, because microsoft have a chokehold on enterprise client administration
[22:01:53] alfie: macOS just about works to the point orgs are happy with
[22:01:55] alfie: but MS like breaking shit
[22:02:31] alfie: you have to be really clueless to suggest using windows in a corporate setting is clueless, i'll say that much ;)
[22:02:47] alfie: i disagree with using windows generally
[22:03:33] alfie: it's... bad, it's an absolute insult to those of us with accessibility requirements, but it's not fair to say it's an entirely lost cause when the linux community just haven't given us a decent mass-administration ecosystem for linux desktop hosts
[22:03:53] alfie: active directory is (unfortunately) unparallelled
[22:04:21] alfie: and, fuck, we were all windows hosts, we had... four ransomware infections across about 30,000 hosts? :P
[22:04:34] alfie: i agree with you in some places, but it's not fair to misrepresent windows as universally bad
[22:04:38] alfie: it's just fucking disrespectful :P
[22:04:46] alfie: (windows, i mean: windows is disrespectful)
[22:05:04] alfie: and, as i was saying dminuoso: the problem I have with windows is mainly one of accessibility; macOS is still the only OS that doesn't give me migraines :D
[22:05:38] alfie: also easy modifier remapping, competent font rendering, _an actual goddamn os-wide high-contrast setting that doesn't make fun of me_, etc, etc
[22:07:54] alfie: anyway, i'll stop ranting :P
[22:11:41] alfie: snake38: it's... not that simple, again
[22:11:55] alfie: there are _no alternatives_ in corporate environments right now
[22:16:20] alfie: i... do? :P
[22:22:48] alfie: i'm traumatized by configuring wifi on linux a few months back tbh
[22:22:52] alfie: snake38: that's bullshit and you know it :P
[22:23:10] alfie: i have three maintained desktop linux systems rn
[22:23:13] alfie: it does _not_ "just work"
[22:23:19] alfie: oh come on, ubuntu is more disrespectful than windows!
[22:24:30] alfie: ubuntu's mouse support genuinely makes me nauseous :D
[22:24:46] alfie: (migraine a _weird_ condition)
[22:24:59] alfie: but yeah, i'll keep buying Macs because to be frank? everything else is just _bad_
[22:25:10] alfie: i had an XPS13 for a grand total of a week before I sent it back because it just felt... horrible
[22:28:06] alfie: dminuoso: i consistently argue with people over apt vs aptitude
[22:28:21] alfie: people get VERY UPSET i choose the one that resolves conflicts for me :P
[22:34:07] alfie: most of these are valid criticism
[22:34:15] alfie: but in the grand scheme of things, they mean very little
[22:34:29] alfie: and i think that's the difference between a toy environment and a productive environment
[22:41:07] alfie: o/ baweaver
[22:41:20] alfie: don't mind us, we're just spouting meaningless bullshit

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