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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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rspec

March 12, 2013 0

Configuring Guard notifications with Vagrant

One problem when running everything in a headless Vagrant instance is that you lose the ability to see Guard Rspec notifications. Actually, you don’t lose it but it’s not immediately obvious how to configure Guard. Since Guard is running inside Vagrant, it can’t display the Growl notifications on the guest operating system. However, you can […]

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February 6, 2013 0

Preventing the stupid mistakes, like committing focus:true

I frequently use focus: true in my specs when I’m working in a particular area of the code. I also frequently forget to remove this tag and subsequently commit the spec to Git, resulting in most of the test suite not running. Duh! “Removing focus:true” is my most frequent commit message :-/ The solution is […]

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August 15, 2012 0

Getting rid of annoying Postgres output in RSpec

You’ll often see lots of this in your RSpec output if you’re using Postgres: NOTICE: CREATE TABLE will create implicit sequence "companies_id_seq" for serial column "companies.id" NOTICE: CREATE TABLE / PRIMARY KEY will create implicit index "companies_pkey" for table "companies" NOTICE: CREATE TABLE will create implicit sequence "users_id_seq" for serial column "users.id" NOTICE: CREATE TABLE […]

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