A new series is coming tomorrow and more!
RichOnRails.com News - February 12th, 2017
It's been a bit quiet, but a LOT is going on behind the scenes. Here is what's going on at RichOnRails.com.
- A new series, Building an API launches tomorrow night at 11pm CST. This new series will be free for everyone, but pro members get early access. We will cover building an API from the ground up, including writing tests and implementing requirements. New articles will be released twice a week. Monday nights and Thursday nights.
- Work on refactoring the eCommerce series is continuing. I hope to have it done very soon.
- A new series on building an AngularJS app from the ground up is coming soon as well. We will cover everything you need to create your own AngularJS 1.x app.
- Many site enhancements are almost completed. The ability to change your payment method, resubscribe before your pro membership benefits end, and much more. Also, the community forum will launch soon as a tool to give you guys feedback.
New Look! eCommerce Series getting a revamp! More series coming soon! Take a peak to learn more!
New Look! New Features!
We are under construction! Pardon the mess. RichOnRails.com is getting an overhaul top to bottom. A new look along with several new features. As mentioned in previous posts, several new features are coming your way:
- Entirely new look and feel
- New Community Forum
- More login options
- Offline content support for pro members
- Many more things that will be announced soon!
The eCommerce Series is Getting a Revamp
When I first started the eCommerce series I wanted to do a proper series that focused on proper Behavioral Driven Development. Unfortunately, I had a very small number of users complain (rightfully so) about the speed in which the new articles in the series were released. I listen to everyone, even if it may not be apparent. In an effort to keep everyone happy, I attempted to speed things up as best as I could. I feel that quality has suffered as a result. The series moved away from BDD and several mistakes were made.
What's going on at RichOnRails.com
News for December 5th, 2016
Amazon Issues Resolved
Hi Everyone, I'm happy to report that, thanks to a higher up at Amazon, I was able to get the Amazon issues resolved. New content should resume tomorrow night and no migration will be needed, though I am still looking at other hosting options.
Subscribers Get a Free Month
All current (not past due), active (meaning you haven't cancelled) subscribers as of Thursday, 12/8/2016 will receive a FREE month of pro as a way of saying thank you for all your support. RichOnRails.com wishes you Happy Holidays!
It's been a while, but expect a few new articles as well as some revised content this month.
Paid Content Going Forward
Initially I got into a big rush to finish the eCommerce From Scratch series for pro users. I will go into details later via a postmortem article, but suffice to say it caused a number of issues with content scheduling and quality. It also put a huge drain on my enthusiasm to work on the site.
Don't use Amazon AWS.
Anyone who has been with us a while knows that this site has been hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) since day 1 of it's existence. I've never had too much of a issue with Amazon except for the occasional outage. However I've never had to deal with their apparently awful support. As some of you may remember reading, I've been locked out of my AWS account for more than two weeks. I still have yet to get this resolved. Amazon asked me to provide additional documentation and I have done so They've since stated that the documentation isn't good enough (despite the signed and notarized affidavit along with a copy of my drivers license containing my billing address and THREE (!) utility bills showing both my current and former addresses. Note that here in the US you can get a passport, drivers license, or replacement social security card with less documentation) This has caused great harm to this site.
Take a peak.
The eCommerce Part 6 article took twice as long as I had hoped it would take. My apologies for that. There were a number of issues that contributed to this delay. The good news is that this article is twice as long and I tried to explain in detail everything that was going on. If you are one of those premium users that subscribed for that, please leave feedback. Was there too much detail? Too little? When this series concludes in December, I hope to refactor and improve the series. I will also not be releasing future series until they are completed in their entirety, thereby ensuring maximum quality.
This week is a holiday week (Thanksgiving) here in the US. I hope to push out eCommerce Part 7 by Wednesday of this week. We had a death in the family (a pet, not a person), so that has pushed the date a bit. There is also holiday shopping and stuff that has to be done, so I'm targeting Wednesday night as a result. Free articles will resume next week.
It'll be here soon!
eCommerce Site From Scratch Part 6 took a bit longer than expected to complete. It should finally land tomorrow, 11/10/2016. These delays should go away once I have an article buffer in place. The delay is due to me needing to add a section on merging the cart with the user's existing cart on login.
New schedule going forward...
Hello everyone! Here is what to expect going forward with regard to new articles/content.
- Every Monday, expect to see a premium article for pro users.
- Every Wednesday, expect to see a new free article. However, due to pro users having early access, the free article will actually not be available until the following week. For example, the free article that will be released this Wednesday won't be available for non-pro users until next Wednesday.
All articles will be released at around 11:00pm CST. Holidays may or may not affect this schedule, as I do try to write these articles in advance. Currently there is no buffer (articles are released when they are done), but I hope to build up at least a 2-3 week buffer. This was a particular problem when a combination of events lead to the eCommerce series being late.
In addition to the above schedule, I may occasionally do bonus content on Friday as time permits.
Will be back on track ASAP...
Unfortunately, due to my family being sick last weekend, and me being sick since earlier this week, I haven't been able to get articles out on time. Because of this, I have given everyone 10 free days. Thanks for all your support. I hope to have the next article out this weekend assuming I am feeling better.
If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to email me. You can find my email address on the pro page if you are a subscriber.