Git Archaeology

22nd Apr 2020 | Tags: git

Recently at work we passed a major milestone on our codebase, and I wanted to see if I could run some analysis over time on authorship and see how long some early contributors’ work stuck around in the product.

A bit of experimentation and random googling left me with these three scripts.

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Git Rebase by Example

20th Jun 2017 | Tags: git

Today at work, I determined that my current work in progress branch was going to want to be merged into production ahead of our next scheduled merge/deploy of master. To make it easier to merge into our production branch for a hot-fix deploy, I want to have the branch based off production instead of master.

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Building an Object Graph in Rails

4th Jun 2015 | Tags: ruby rails

I was needing to do some object cleanup in our rails app the other day, and purge some malformed objects, so I put together a quick script using some ActiveRecord reflection to walk the object chain.

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No More Bundle Exec

6th Sep 2012 | Tags: programming ruby

Bundler is pretty darn good. Installing all your gems globally sucks. bundle install --path does a great job of fixing that but it means you need to bundle exec any shell commands you want to run, which again sucks. There are lots of attempts to fix this, but they’re all fairly convoluted.

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Joining Git Repositoires

15th May 2012 | Tags: git

At work, we provide an API for our app and maintain web-based documentation for said API. We originally had the documentation in a separate git repo, but as it makes much more sense to maintain the docs directly alongside the code it documents we wanted to merge the two repositories. This was done in two steps.

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Parsing JSON in SQL

19th Nov 2011 | Tags: ruby rails sql

The Problem: You have a database column with some data serialzed as JSON in it that you’d like to pull out into its own column to index it.

The Solution: Run a data migration to pull the value out. Table has 5 million rows and you don’t want to round trip all that data through ActiveRecord? Just parse the json directly with some SQL:

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