Optimize Dokku Deployment Speed for Ruby on Rails with Dockerfile

Dokku lets you setup Rails hosting infrastructure on a simple VPS without much dev ops experience. Although it is easy to get started, a default config might result in very slow and unreliable deployments. In this blog post, I will describe how I've improved my Dokku based Ruby on Rails (NodeJS with Yarn and Webpack) application deployment speed by over 400% using a Docker image Dockerfile.

Screencast - Scraper App, Visual Web Scraping Development Progress

In this screencast, I showcase development progress of the Scraper App - Visual Web Scraping tool. I show how you can capture live screenshots using a simple Chrome extension. I also describe new features like mobile responsive design, enabling interaction using click selectors and editing websites layout to avoid popups, ads etc.

Screencast - Showcase of Scraper App, Visual Web Scraping Prototype

In this screencast, I present a prototype of my new side project. It is a simple tool that allows you to visually scrape interesting parts of different websites to create your personal internet dashboard. I want to probe the interest before releasing a public MVP version.

Remove AMP and don’t Affect SEO Rating, Organic Traffic, Performance

I've used to recommend supporting Google AMP pages as a reliable way to increase site SEO rating and organic traffic visitors. Recently I've removed AMP from my website. In this blog post, I will describe how it affected my blog and a couple of more advanced web performance optimization techniques I am using instead of a proprietary standard like Accelerated Mobile Pages.

Setup ELK for NGINX logs with Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana

ELK Elastic stack is a popular open-source solution for analyzing weblogs. In this blog post, I describe how to setup Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana on a barebones VPS to analyze NGINX access logs. I don't dwell on details but instead focus on things you need to get up and running with ELK-powered log analysis quickly.

Screencast - How to Write and Promote a Programming Blog Post

In this screencast, I explain how to write, release and promote a programming blog post on various social platforms even if you don't have an audience yet. I present my typical routine and tools I use when submitting a new post.

Hosting Static Site on Dokku with Free Cloudflare CDN and SSL

Dokku is dev ops for dummies and a simple way to deploy websites on a barebones VPS. In this blog post I will describe how to use it to host a static site, and setup global assets caching with free Cloudflare CDN and SSL certificate.

Adding GDPR Compliance to My Rails App and Technical Blog

New data privacy GDPR EU regulations are going live in less than two weeks. In this blog post, I will describe actions I took to add GDPR compliance to my Ruby on Rails SAAS app and this blog itself.

Screencast - My Ruby on Rails Workflow, Productivity Tips and Tools

In this screencast, I implement an improvement to subscription payments handling in my side project Abot. I show my typical Ruby on Rails workflow, productivity tools, and techniques.