Episode 8

Tests and Webpacker


April 9th, 2020

54 mins 45 secs

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About this Episode


  • Ron Cooke
  • Nate Hopkins
  • Andrew Mason



Show Notes

[00:03:13] GitHub sponsors starts the talk on this episode, and how a
few people have reached out about Stimulus Reflex asking how they can
support the project and the various contributors. Ron shares what he's

[00:05:30] Ron has been working on ramping up a Legacy Rails App that
fell out of maintenance and it was a lot more painful than he wanted it
to be with Gem conflicts and Gem lock files. He gives a lesson on what
you should do.

[00:10:29] Ron gives great advice that it is so important to keep your
tests up to date. If it wasn't for the tests that he has at his current
job, he would be "sunk."

[00:15:04] Nate is curious and asks Andrew if he can talk about
specifics about why he was getting "chastised" on making a change in the
app and it messed up something else. He talks about what happened and
how it was fixed. Ron brings an interesting point about "bugs" and what
a "bug" actually is.

[00:18:49] Andrew puts a plug in for Jason Swett, who has a podcast he
does on Rails and he puts a lot of testing materials around Rails, so
you should check it out.

[00:19:25] Ron asks the guys when they are writing tests and if they
write tests first or last, and how do they feel about it?

[00:25:24] Talking about tests and "hairy" problems, Nate and Andrew
recently had a deep pair session with Stimulus Reflex Sessions, so Nate
explains what happened.

[00:32:18] Andrew announced that along the "JavaScripty" side of
Stimulus Reflex, Web Packer 5 came out and then 5.0.1. He asked if Ron
ugraded and what version of Rails he is on, which is then followed by

[00:33:49] Nate wants to know what is on Webpacker 5 so Andrew
explains what they've added. Ron is curious to know how many people or
how many projects are using it. If anyone knows, tweet the guys at the
Ruby Blend on Twitter to let them know.

[00:41:17] Ron talks about how it's been for him working remotely from
home for a full week. He explains why it's been a little rough for him.
Nate also talks about his kids being home and how it's been challenging.

[00:46:25] Andrew has a quick hack if you need a good router. He
really likes Nighthawk from NetGear. He also talks about upgrading to
Cat 6 cables to boost your speed.

[00:47:15] Andrew brings up with the massive shifts and changes we are
going through, and how is it going to have an impact on college
educations and if it will lower the value of a college education doing
online school. Nate and Ron share their views on this as well.

[00:53:50] Andrew mentions they would love if you could rate them on
iTunes or hit the star in the Overcast player. Also, you could write
reviews to help them continue to make more content and get some guests
on the show.