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Code review checklist

A small checklist to conduct code reviews, is the change

  • Readable and following standards ?
  • Minimal and working solution ?
  • Better than before ?
  • Production ready ?
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    7 slow and painful deaths by regexp

    Catch more than half of these issues by testing, auditing and code reviews

    My article about regexp on PullReview‘s blog is there to encourage

    — to learn them before actually using them.
    — to learn them before actually learning them the “hard” way in production
    — to take a look at alternative to implement the feature without regular expressions (or the one used by your stdlib, language)
    — if you use regex, understand the risks
    — if you use regex, please write tests for you and your coworkers
    — if you use regex, please audit your code (automatically and by human code review)

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    Ansible – tighten your quality feedback loop

    Testing your ansible playbook…

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    Security for dummies

    A presentation on web application security given for lunch.
    Too long didn’t read ? Just pick the slide 38.

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    Fresh machine installation notes for ruby developer


    • System Settings –> Privacy : disable “include online search results”
    • Run command as a login shell
    • Terminal : unlimited scroll buffer

    Git !

    Install and configure git

    sudo apt-get install git
    git config --global "My Name"
    git config --global ""
    git config --global --add color.ui true
    git config --global push.default simple

    I’m a big fan of this customized git prompt, only drawback a carriage return by default at the prompt-end. Just need to modify it in the .bash_profile

    export GIT_PROMPT_END=' > '
    source ~/.bash-git-prompt/

    If needed regenerate a new github ssh key (discard your old keys on github and other server authorized_keys)


    Raw sublime text installation via apt-get.
    Install the package manager with this

    Then install these packages :
    – git gutter :

    – rubyTest

    sublimelinter : highlights lines of code the linter deems to contain (potential) errors.
    BeautifyRuby : reformat your ruby code on demand (sometimes messy, but best I found)
    Coffeescript : syntax highlighting
    puppet : highlight, lint, snippet,…
    and a few others 😉

    Fix tabs and trailing issue before they appear

      "font_size": 11.0,
      "tab_size": 2,
      "translate_tabs_to_spaces": true,
      "trim_trailing_white_space_on_save": true,
      "ensure_newline_at_eof_on_save": true,
      "hot_exit": false,
      "remember_open_files": false

    Have you ever wondered to turn a branch name “feature/my-awesome-feature-123” into a pre-filled commit message “My awesome feature #123”
    Then gitils is for you. Last but not least, easy web page/sublime text integration with subl-handler. Thanks @toch !




    sudo apt-get install curl
    curl -L | bash
    source ~/.profile
    rvm install ruby

    I’m not a big fan, so I disable .rvmrc

    I’m not often looking at ri or rdoc (most of the time I’m looking at the code directly) so I tweak ~/.gemrc to avoid downloading these artefacts.

    gem: --no-ri --no-rdoc

    native gem dependencies

    Icu for charlockholmes, Postgresql for pg gem, and a running redis.

    sudo apt-get install libicu-dev
    sudo aptitude install libpq-dev
    sudo apt-get install redis-server
    cp /opt/redis/redis.conf.default /opt/redis/redis.conf



    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic dkms
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox


    sudo dpkg -i vagrant_1.3.3_x86_64.deb
    rm vagrant_1.3.3_x86_64.deb


    rvm use 2.0.0@veewee --create
    sudo apt-get install libxslt1-dev libxml2-dev zlib1g-dev
    git clone
    cd veewee
    bundle install

    packer ?


    sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install skype

    Now what ?

    Find a boxen equivalent for ubuntu and automate this… time to give a try to kitchenplan or take a look at thoughtbot script (not exactly in my stack, less sexy)

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    Puppet : spare 3 minutes per provisionning for your ruby installation.


    Info: /Stage[main]/Ruby/Rvm_system_ruby[ruby-1.9.3-p362]: Evaluated in 261.84 seconds


    Info: /Stage[main]/Ruby/Exec[rvm_system_ruby_mount-1.9.3-p374]: Evaluated in 69.66 seconds

    Thanks to @mark_olson and this puppet snippet :

    exec { "rvm_system_ruby_mount-${ruby_full_version}":
         command =>  "/usr/local/rvm/bin/rvm mount -r${operatingsystemrelease}/x86_64/ruby-${ruby_full_version}.tar.bz2 --verify-downloads 1",
         creates => "/usr/local/rvm/wrappers/ruby-${ruby_full_version}",
         require => [

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    Vag’rant 1.2.x or the missing upgrade manual

    In this article, I will show you the issues you will encounter to upgrade vagrant from 1.0.x to the 1.2.x and how to fix them.

    You will need to
    – update vagrant it-self
    – update the Vagrantfile
    – migrate your base boxes to the new layout

    Upgrade Vagrant it-self

    First the distribution of the software is no more handled by rubygems, so first uninstall all previous vagrant gem versions.

    gem uninstall vagrant

    also remove any reference to vagrant from your Gemfile.

    -gem 'vagrant' 

    Then download the new version os-package depending on your distribution and install it.
    For my ubuntu laptop it looks like this :

    sudo dpkg -i vagrant_1.2.2_x86_64.deb
    rm vagrant_1.2.2_x86_64.deb

    Upgrade the Vagrantfile

    Vagrant 2.0 final will have a stable Vagrantfile format that will remain backwards compatible, just as 1.0 is considered stable.

    vagrant up… and then the trouble begins :

    A Vagrant 1.0.x state file was found for this environment. Vagrant has
    gone ahead and auto-upgraded this to the latest format. Everything
    should continue working as normal. Beware, however, that older versions
    of Vagrant may no longer be used with this environment.
    However, in case anything went wrong, the old dotfile was backed up
    to the location below. If everything is okay, it is safe to remove
    this backup.
    Backup: .../.vagrant.v1.1372160849
    .... Vagrantfile:3:in `local_cache': uninitialized constant Vagrant::Environment::DEFAULT_HOME (NameError)

    No luck for the backup is polluted with a .vagrant, my Vagrantfile is empty. Thanks to git I can restore it

    git checkout -- Gemfile

    uninitialized constant Vagrant::Environment::DEFAULT_HOME (NameError)

    Now lets fix the first errors, as I was using this gist to cache on my laptop the apt artifacts.
    We should replace the DEFAULT_HOME with current directory

       File.expand_path(Vagrant::Environment::DEFAULT_HOME) to              

    Don’t forget to add the cache directory to your .gitignore

    Shared folders

    The apt cache solution is working with a share folder between my laptop, and it’s also affected by a dsl change in vagrant :

    config.vm.share_folder "v-cache", "/var/cache/apt/archives/", cache_dir 

    is now called synced folder :

    config.vm.synced_folder cache_dir, '/var/cache/apt/archives/', id: 'v-cache', owner: 'vagrant', group: 'www-data' 

    Forwarded port


    config.vm.forward_port 80, 8080

    with the upgraded dsl : :forwarded_port, host: 8080, guest: 80  

    Network hostonly

    A small config changes from :hostonly, "" 

    to :private_network, ip: ""

    Customize natdns

    Previously I was enabling memory and natdns properties via

    config.vm.customize(["modifyvm", :id, "--name", "dev-dev606", "--memory", "1024",

    These customizations are now specific to the virtualbox provider :

    config.vm.provider 'virtualbox' do |v|
          'modifyvm', :id,
          '--name', 'dev-dev606',
          '--memory', '1024',
          '--natdnshostresolver1', 'on',
          '--natdnsproxy1', 'on'

    Boot with ui

    Sometimes you need to boot the vm with a gui (to diagnose boot issue, clear bad firewall rules)
    Previously it was :

      config.vm.boot_mode = :gui

    Not this is done via the provider

    config.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |v|
      v.gui = true

    System call

    I used to have a call to librarian-puppet. But now it’s complaining that he can’t find his own gem. Thats because we are launching it in a vagrant with sandboxed ruby that has ownly access to vagrant dependencies. My work around for now is to prefix the call with a rvm use.

     system "/bin/bash -c -l 'rvm use ruby-2.0.0-p247 && cd #{File.dirname(__FILE__)} && bundle exec librarian-puppet install'"

    If somebody know a better way to escape the sandbox… leave a comment.
    Did someoned knows if librarian-puppet-vagrant is vagrant 1.2 compatible ?

    Update your existing base box

    The basebox layout has changed (to support multiple provider), it seems that the code that is supposed to upgrade it isn’t working for me.

    So here you have the manual steps to migrate them :

    cd ~/.vagrant.d/debian607
    mkdir virtualbox
    mv box-disk1.vmdk box.ovf Vagrantfile virtualbox
    cd ../working-box

    Then add a metadata.json in ~/.vagrant.d/debian607

    cat << EOF > metadata.json
      "provider": "virtualbox"


    This upgrade wasn’t really transparent for me. It makes me sad when I think about all these obsolete/broken articles on the net, all these books that will need a second edition. I hope it will not discourage the vagrant adoption too much.

    You can use the new plugins :

    vagrant plugin install vagrant-vbguest

    My final Vagrantfile is available here.

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