Matt Haliski

Matt Haliski

I smash my fingers on the keyboard and occasionally stuff happens.

  • Elections and Coding

    In 2008 I left the “land of plaid” and moved from Portland, OR to Salt Lake City, UT. My girlfriend, now wife, worked on her PhD and I spent the first winter skiing. We moved out in the summer when gas was hitting $5/gallon in some places, the economy was collapsing and then Senator Barack Obama was in the middle of his historic ascension the the Presidency of the United States.

  • The Comcast Experience

    I’m going to use this post to chronicle my experience of transferring Comcast’s Xfinity TV and internet service over to a new (to me) house. Let’s face it, they’ve pumped a ton of ad dollars into campaigns stating they’ll be the one friend who will be there to help you while others bail on you during your move.

  • Completing Our Move to Seattle

    We started our move to Seattle from Salt Lake City in November of 2015 and are now days away from completing that journey as we move into our new-to-us house. The Seattle housing market is insane and we knew we were going to get killed. Moving here 10 years ago would have been a smarter idea.

  • Developer folder on your Mac

    I’ve had a directory under my user folder called Development for ages. Probably since I started coding. Somehow, for the very first time, I saw someone using a Developer folder and, damnit, they got a pretty icon on their folder.

  • Heroku defaults to Puma for Rails 5

    It’s not going to be easier than ever to kick off a new Rails project and deploy to Heroku. WEBrick is no longer the default server with Rails 5. If you don’t provide a Procfile Heroku is going to help you out and set you up with Puma. Production ready out of the box. So… that’s cool.

  • Bootstrap 4 Cheat Sheet

    Get your Bootstrap 4 documentation faster!

  • How to create a contact form with Mandrill

    Let’s build a simple contact form for your Rails driven website that uses Mandrill as the desired email server. Mandrill lets us offload the management of setting up and running an email server ourselves and, therefore, relieving ourselves of a massive headache. Mandrill starts you with 2,000 free trial sends which is more than enough to decide if you’re going to like it.

  • Syntax Highlighting in Rails

    Your Rails driven website has the need to display some code. It’s not good enough to just get proper indentation, you’d like to have some decent syntax highlighting. Maybe something like following.

  • Respect the past. Don't immortalize it.

    For the love of god. That travel shampoo from your hotel stay on your honeymoon is not the embodiment of your marriage. You can throw it away, I promise.

  • Editing a form using fields_for in Rails

    Let’s say you’d like to successfully create or update a nested form using fields_for. Our ‘parent’ will be a Post model and our ‘child’ will be a Tag model. It’s not hard, but there’s a bit of a gotcha that I found most other resources out there were leaving out.