Ruby on Rails was the first major web framework to include automated tests as part of every new project. The effects have been enormously positive. Many developers have learned to write tests well, which in turn helped them get better at design. Experienced developers were drawn by Rails' focus on productivity and beautiful code. Their community activities have helped push the craft of web development forward. Over the years positive effects have rippled to other communities too.

In practice though, how much do Rails developers really write tests?

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Rails Testing Handbook

Bugs and messy code slow down development, and can make complex projects fail. We write code with good intentions, but in practice as complexity increases we need a system to help us avoid problems.

This is where BDD (Behavior-driven Development) can make a huge difference: it provides us with a sustainable process for continuously producing high-quality software, with clean code and automated tests as a side effect.

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Gant Laborde of Infinite Red Ignite

In the Developer Interview series, we talk to engineers who use Semaphore. We pick their brains about how they work, what wisdom they would like to pass on, and the most challenging problems they’ve faced during development.

This time around, we had the pleasure to talk to Gant Laborde, a member of the Ignite team and chief technology strategist for the San Francisco company Infinite Red.

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This is a guest post by Kendal Miller, Senior Engineer at par8o. Read it to discover how par8o reduced build time from over 2 hours to 13 minutes with Semaphore Boosters, fully automated parallel CI for Rails.

par8o is a platform designed for healthcare teams to coordinate, communicate, and close the loop on patient referrals - for better relationships with providers and patients. par8o also offers a chat platform to encourage office-to-office and referral communication for quicker results.

The referral portion of par8o is a large application built with Ruby on Rails and AngularJS. It is configurable to support the workflow needs of different organizations. The application is also used to integrate with other healthcare systems.

The engineering team at par8o takes testing seriously and uses MiniTest for unit and controller tests and RSpec for browser testing. We use a development workflow that is very similar to the GitHub workflow, but instead of merging to master after a story has been verified in production, we merge to master once a story has been verified in our QA environment by our quality assurance team.

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Alaban Crequy of rkt

In the Developer Interview series, we talk to engineers who use Semaphore. We pick their brains about how they work, what wisdom they would like to pass on, and the most challenging problems they’ve faced during development.

This time around, we had the pleasure to talk to Alban Crequy, a member of the team working on the rkt container engine and the co-founder and CTO at Kinvolk GmbH.

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Continuous Deployment for Firebase using Semaphore

This is a guest post by Abe Haskins, a Firebase engineer at Google. For the past five years, Abe has been helping engineers build Firebase-powered things to help them take over the world.

Firebase has you covered when it comes to building and architecting your app, but what about deploying your projects onto Firebase? Until now that’s been a manual process done via firebase-tools (the command-line interface for Firebase), but now we can use the power of Semaphore to create an entirely automated continuous deployment process.

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