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Hello my fellow Rails developers,

My name is Simon. I’ve been programming with Ruby on Rails for about 6 or 7 years now. During this time, I’ve created several web applications — all of them SAAS — to make some side money.

If you’re reading this, you already know that Rails is a fairly effective framework where you can get things done fast. It’s no longer the newest and shiniest toy in the web app development world, but it’s the best (IMHO) for getting to results fast.

Over the years, Rails has grown in features. This is great, as more of what you need in building applications is built right in. But it’s also made things a bit harder for newcomers and experienced Rails developers alike.

After all this time, I still use Stack Overflow regularly to find answers to problems I face every day. Sometimes I’m able to find a solution, and sometimes I’m not.

This Substack is created during the COVID-19 pandemic, as I’m staying at home (like many people are) and have more time to write down the things I’ve learned in my day job as a Rails programmer. In the past, I’ve simply stored away this knowledge in my code and have never wrote them down. And, as a result, I’ve sometimes forgotten how I solved “X” problem when I see it again in the future.

I hope to document some of the lessons and provide some insight into problems that come up for me here. I hope you enjoy this, and feel free to reach out to me if you’re facing any problems. Who knows — I might have been trying to solve the same recently.


Simon Chiu