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Travis Grathwell

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Running tests with Zeus in RubyMine

(Adapted from a thread on the RubyMine support forums)

Zeus is a self-described “language-agnostic application checkpointer for non-multithreaded applications.” As a Rails developer, you can use Zeus to keep your rails environment loaded so your tests run super fast. Spork does this job as well, but Zeus is newer/shinier and requires less explicit configuration.

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[Standup][SF] 07/24/12: W doesn't always mean Wednesday

Helps

  • SVG to canvas with css

We need to convert an svg element to a canvas (to eventually be part of a larger png). This svg element has a lot of css on it. The current best option looks like canvg, but this library does not respect css from files. Has anyone found a workaround for this?

Solutions: wkhtmltopdf can take screenshots of your webpage programmatically.

Interestings

  • Mousetrap - JS keyboard shortcuts

This went around on twitter last week, but mousetrap looks quite nice for keyboard shortcuts.

  • Cocktail: DRY up your backbone with mixins

Cocktail adds a simple one-liner to Backbone's extend method to help you break out reusable code into mixins. The repo also includes an example for testing mixins in Jasmine with shared behaviors.

More in the blog post and the repo