Auto Generate Authority Signed Free SSL Certificates | HTTPS | Nginx

Well, there are a number of SSL Certification Authorities but all of them charges yearly fees for certificates they provide. I feel bad because, they are like middle-men do nothing but sign your certificates. But, if you don’t want to pay them you can get signed certificates from letsencrypt.org. Continue reading

Rails | Avoiding race conditions while updating particular field in DB

It’s okay to make mistakes when you are up to building simple applications. But for mission critical applications like Banking/Payment Processors, you gotta be very careful and keep listening to seniors and experts in critical matters.

Lets say you are working on a feature to update the total amount deposited in a particular account. Simple code will do like

# just after amount is debited from payee's account
def credit_receiver_account(debited_amount)
  update_attribute :total_amount, total + debited_amount
end

What’s wrong with the code above?

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Rails : Import CSV data to database

Actually there are various ways to achieve this. Firstly you can use the PostGreSQL’s copy command. Secondly you can choose to use Ruby to load data.

Using copy command in PG

Create your table:

CREATE TABLE zip_codes 
(ZIP char(5), LATITUDE double precision, LONGITUDE double precision, 
CITY varchar, STATE char(2), COUNTY varchar, ZIP_CLASS varchar);

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Mock HTTP using VCR with RSpec | Mock Authy | Rails

Well, slower test suite is a nightmare both in your local machine and in your CI server. If your gem provider has built some Mocking APIs then its cool. But, no mocking API and you are writing Unit Test for your models and controller then beware, do not leave your app making HTTP requests everytime.

What to do?

If you cannot mock your library then mock the damn Internet. Simple enough! you can get going in a couple of minutes. Continue reading

Rails : Mass assignment with ids in seeds.rb | PG::UniqueViolation: ERROR

Looks like you can mass-assign records into ActiveRecord models without any problem like

Category.create([
                    { parent_id: 1, name: 'Computer Science', description: 'Readable via Electronic devices.' },
                    { parent_id: 1, name: 'Electronics' },
                    { parent_id: 1, name: 'Law' },
                    { parent_id: 1, name: 'Social' }
                ])

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Getting started with React.Js using NPM

My assumptions: You have prior experience of Web framework like 
  Ruby on Rails, Django, Phoenix, etc. 
Please refer to this React.js style guide for community comprehensible source code.

Hey, its not mandatory to use NPM to build applications with ReactJs; but, it will be alot easier to build, maintain, share codes using NPM. Firstly you should have NodeJs installed in your development machine.

Installation for Development Environment

$ sudo apt-get install nodejs
# try 
$ node -v
# v4.2.6
# if its says command not found: node then try 
$ nodejs
# If it shows up, it means due no some name conflicts 
# the name/command node is already taken by some binary. 
# So, its get it back.
$ sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/node node /usr/bin/nodejs 10

Probable Issues: NPM not found

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Rails|Ransack|Geocoder – Sort data by distance

If your application connects local businesses to local customer, then you might have used Ransack for sorting and searching of records. For geocoding and reverse-geocoding, you might be using Geocoder gem. If you want to let users to sort results by distance then its pretty easy.

Things to remember,

  • If you use Model.near([lat, long]) method, Ransack adds a new column called distance to the ActiverecordRelation object. You can access the method distance by prying.

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