Last week was my first week of working from home, which meant two things: spending a lot of time with my computer and limited time with other human beings and, more importantly, debugging things on my own without having anyone nearby to ask for help. The latter of the two actually ended up reaffirming the fact that I actually can debug a decent amount of things on my own if I just power through and am stubborn enough to not give up.
I also learned something interesting about the debugging process: while we’re learning, we often solve the same problem again and again. At least, this was the case for one of the features I was working on which involved using an object’s slug to generate a url. As I started thinking through how to approach solving this, I immediately had the feeling that I had done something similar in another project. Digging through another repository’s source code confirmed my suspicions, and I rediscovered the
stringex gem and its multiple libraries, including
All of this begs the question: why didn’t I remember that this gem existed — or that I had already used it? My guess is that it’s because I neither wrote about it nor understood how it worked until a few days ago. This week, it’s time to rectify that situation and dive into the
acts_as_url library and find a solution for all slug problems, once and for all!