Why we love metrics? Cumulative flow diagrams

One of the big questions that an Agile Coach may face during his career is: How can I help the team to continuously improve the software development process? In this blog posts series, I have been sharing some of Plataformatec best practices that are helping us deliver better projects through a set of metrics and … »

Using Gettext to internationalize a Phoenix application

To translate or not to translate? We have been asking ourselves the same question in one of our latest Phoenix projects. Even though internationalizing our application is planned a bit ahead in our roadmap, we have decided to do an initial evaluation of the translation tools in the Elixir ecosystem, and we were pleasantly surprised … »

Looking at Lead Time in a different way

As we discussed previously in the post Learning with Lead time, analyzing the metric distribution regularly could be a useful tool to improve your software development process. Before continuing this blog post, I would like to suggest you an interesting read about the questions that surround the definition of Lead time. At Plataformatec, we have … »

How to quit the Elixir shell (IEx)?

Okay, you’ve been delving into Elixir. That’s good! 🙂 Of course the first question that pops up in your head is not about immutability, concurrency nor functional programming. It is How can I quit the Elixir shell? Today this question will be answered. Ctrl-C When you start your iex sessions, you are greeted with: Interactive … »

Experimenting with explicit contracts with Ruby

A few months back, José Valim started a conversation on overusing mocks and coupling between components. That made me interested on revisiting how I design my code and it has changed my approach to testing a bit in one of our current Ruby projects. A Tale of Two Adapters Back in November, I worked on … »

Ecto 2.0.0-beta.0 is out!

Hello everyone, We are really glad to announce that Ecto 2.0.0-beta.0 has been released. The upcoming Ecto version packs many goodies: We have migrated to DBConnection, which considerably improves the performance of how Ecto manages connections to the database as a whole. Improved pool management, faster encoding/decoding, support for prepared queries and more The effective … »