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Jamie Lawrence

Jamie Lawrence

I help non-technical founders start their business, build their product, get their first customers, and grow their technical team. I'm a generalist software engineer and I've worked with many different languages over the past 15 years but my current tool of choice is Ruby on Rails. I'm also an enthusiastic photographer and a novice archer

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January 17, 2013 1

Securing your web application with Nginx, Rails 3 and Namecheap SSL certs

Securing your web application with an SSL certificate is the least your users will expect you to do. Once upon a time, HTTPS sites were rare and even then, only the “private” parts beyond a login dialog were encrypted. Those times died with Netscape and they aren’t coming back. Here I’ll show you how to […]

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September 1, 2012 0

Speeding up Rails development

A brand new Rails app is a joy to work on but over the past few weeks I’ve noticed the app getting slower in development as, in hindsight, I added more and more stylesheets and javascripts. The culprit, I quickly realised, was the asset pipeline. On each page refresh it was reloading all the assets, […]

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