HR Stuff and Blog UI Updates Spent most of the day getting my paperwork done for 8th Light. I will be starting as a resident apprentice on Monday 5/6.

I went home and slept until 11pm. When I awoke, I decided I was going to work on the Blog’s UI a bit.

Data Migration

I created a new field called published_at that combined what date and time did. The difficult part was that I also wanted to combine the data. I know how to do it in SQL, but I wanted to find a Rails way. Here’s the final result:

class CreatePublishAt < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def up
    add_column :blog_entries, :published_at, :datetime
    BlogEntry.update_all "published_at = date + time"
    remove_column :blog_entries, :date
    remove_column :blog_entries, :time

  def down
    add_column :blog_entries, :time, :time
    add_column :blog_entries, :date, :date
    BlogEntries.update_all "date = published_at::date, time = published_at::time"
    remove_column :blog_entries, :published_at

NOTE: published_at::date converts published_at to a date type, likewise for ::time.

The alternative way to update published_at was to do something like this.

# don't do this
BlogEntry.all.each do |entry|
  entry.published_at =,,, day, entry.time.hour, entry.time.min, entry.time.sec)

It’s a bad habit to iterate through each object because this would generate a sql command for each row. By using update_all, there is one sql command so this would scale for large datasets.

Ace Editor

I’ve been annoyed by the 80 column print margin that shows up on the editor when entering a new blog entry. After a lot of googling and trial and error, I came upon this winning workflow.

  1. In Chrome, go to the webpage that contains the editor.
  2. Open up Javascript Console by cmd-opt-J
  3. type editor.set

You should see that the console will try to complete the method. If you scroll through, you’ll see something promising setShowPrintMargin. So if you call


you’ll see the print margin disappear.


I went to the JQueryUI website and added the CDN (Content Delivery Network) to the header. You can find the links at the bottom of the page. CDN are links that host the resource (Javascript or CSS) so you don’t have to have your own copy on your site. It can make your site faster because since it’s a central resource, it can be cached across multiple websites that use the CDN links.

I added a little javascript to get it working.

    $(function() {
      $("#blog_entry_published_date").datepicker({ dateFormat: "yy-mm-dd"});

I ran into a problem in the beginning because the example code on JQueryUI used this format: datepicker("option", "dateFormat", "yy-mm-dd") but I wasn’t able to get it to work.