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Concurrency in Rails 5.0

My previous posts on concurrency in ActiveRecord have been some of the most popular on this blog (which I’d like to think means concurrency is getting more popular in Rails-land), so I’m going to share what I know about some … Continue reading

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A class_eval monkey-patching pattern with prepend

Yes, it’s best to avoid “monkey-patching” — changing an already loaded ruby class by reopening the class to add or replace methods. But sometimes you’ve got no choice, because a dependency just doesn’t give you the API you need to do … Continue reading

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Segmenting “Catalog” and “Articles” in EDS API

About 4 years ago, I posted a long position paper arguing that a “bento-style” search  was appropriate for the institution I then worked at. (I’ve taken to calling it a “search dashboard” approach too since then.)   The position paper … Continue reading

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Getting full-text links from EDS API

The way full-text links are revealed (or at least, um, “signalled”) in the EBSCO EDS API  is… umm… both various and kind of baroque. I paste below a personal communication from an EBSCO developer containing an overview. I post this as a … Continue reading

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Maybe beware of microservices

In a comment on my long, um,  diatribe last year about linked data, Eric Hellman suggested “I fear the library world has no way to create a shared technology roadmap that can steer it away from dead ends that at … Continue reading

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“Internet Archive Successfully Fends Off Secret FBI Order”

https://theintercept.com/2016/12/01/internet-archive-fends-off-secret-fbi-order-in-latest-victory-against-nsls/ A DECADE AGO, the FBI sent Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, a now-infamous type of subpoena known as a National Security Letter, demanding the name, address and activity record of a registered Internet Archive user. The letter … Continue reading

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“Harvesting Government History, One Web Page at a Time”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/nyregion/harvesting-government-history-one-web-page-at-a-time.html With the arrival of any new president, vast troves of information on government websites are at risk of vanishing within days. The fragility of digital federal records, reports and research is astounding. No law protects much of it, no … Continue reading

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Three articles on information ethics and power

Today I happened to come across three very good articles which to me all seemed to form a theme: Ethical and political considerations of information and information technology. First, Weaponized data: How the obsession with data has been hurting marginalized communities Consider contexts … Continue reading

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Rubyland: A new ruby news and blog feed aggregator

So I thought there should be a site aggregating ruby rss/atom feeds. As far as I’m aware, there hasn’t been a really maintained one for a couple years now. So in my spare time on my own, I made one, that worked … Continue reading

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flexbox is so nice there’s really no need for ‘grid’ frameworks anymore

That’s really all I got to say. I guess I should start tweeting or something.

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