Adding a devise user or admin in a Heroku app

To add a devise user on a Heroku site we combine two commands

Command 1: With devise a person can enter the following into their rails console to create a user: => "", :password => 'password', :password_confirmation => 'password')

Command 2: To run commands in the Heroku terminal, simply go into local directory of the corresponding app and type heroku run [whatever you want to run]

So if we put those together we get the following, assuming that your user model is in fact called User:

    1. Change your directory to your app: cd ~/yourapp
    2. Enter into the rails console on Heroku with the following: heroku run rails c
    3. Run the create user code: => "", :password => 'password', :password_confirmation => 'password')
    4. Then finally

Finally, if you want to do this for a separate admin model, simply replace User in the instructions above with Admin (provided of course that’s what your separate admin model is called; if not adjust accordingly).

That’s it! You should be good to go!

Adding a devise user or admin in a Heroku app

Styling Fields Dynamically Added With Cocoon

I recently ran into a situation where I realized that the nice slick J-Query styling that I’d given to my select menus hadn’t carried over to my dynamically added fields.  This is because, my javascript ran $('select').customSelect(); when the page loaded but at no point after. I therefore needed to figure out how to trigger that function once a dynamic field was added.

After quite a bit of searching around (on the order of hours) and several dead ends, I finally learned that cocoon has many different actions that can be used with on() In my case, all I needed was the following:
$('#test').on("cocoon:after-insert", function(e, added_item){

And I was good to go.

Styling Fields Dynamically Added With Cocoon

A beginners look at RVM: Installs, Upgrades and the rest

One of the most confusing things about learning rails is in dealing with the Ruby Version Manager (RVM). Being a noob myself in the Ruby world, I wanted to give some clarification on stuff that I’d wondered at the outset regarding this tool.

RVM is basically a package manager (like apt for fellow linux users); it upgrades packages, downgrades them, allows you to switch out versions, etc. The big question on my mind was “why doesn’t ruby just use apt!?” Indeed, apt had served me well for php and it seemed to be a needless complication to use some other package manager for this language.  “Why was Ruby so special that it needed its own package manager!?”  I’m still not entirely sure of the rationale behind this, but my guess is that one of the things that makes Ruby so useful is its “Gems” (Rails is one of them), for which Ruby sort of acts as a package manager in itself.  I figure this makes it much more important for users to have a more control over the versions of ruby that they’re using; either way RVM (and a few others like it) are the ways to manage ruby, so here are a few tips to make it work.

Note: These instructions might have an Ubuntu flavor to them here and there, because that’s what I use.  For the most part, they’re universal though.

To install RVM:
\curl -sSL | bash -s stable --ruby

To check the version of ruby:
ruby -v

How can I upgrade to the latest version of ruby!?
There is no way to just upgrade ruby to the latest (whatever it happens to be). RVM seems to be all about giving control to YOU; it’s not going to make the choice for you. Here’s how I go about it.
First, I update my list of known stable ruby versions
rvm get master
Then, I check that updated list with:
rvm list known
My output looked like this:

# MRI Rubies
[ruby-]1.8.7[-head] # security released on head
# for forks use: rvm install ruby-head- --url --branch 2.1

The real output was actually a lot longer as it gives you ALL the packages you can get with RVM but I cut it off (we’re not interested in JRuby or anything like that).  Anyway, I checked out the list and saw that 2.2.0 was the latest so I entered:
rvm install 2.2.0

Managing installed versions:
RVM also allows a user to have many “Rubies” installed (versions of ruby).  To see which ones are installed:
rvm list
Mine looks like this:

rvm rubies

ruby-1.9.2-p320 [ x86_64 ]
* ruby-1.9.3-p392 [ x86_64 ]
=> ruby-2.2.0 [ x86_64 ]

# => – current
# =* – current && default
# * – default

I’m using 2.2.0. If I wanted to use the version of 1.9.3 I have, I would type
rvm use ruby-1.9.3-p392
Also my default was 1.9.3. If I wanted to change the default to 2.2.0, I would enter
rvm --default use 2.2.0

Upgrading RVM:
Every month or so it’s good to upgrade your rvm. To do so:
rvm get stable

A beginners look at RVM: Installs, Upgrades and the rest