On this episode, we have two special guests who are the Founders of Hammerstone and fellow podcasters! Joining us is Colleen Schnettler, who’s a Rails developer, consultant, podcaster, and builder of Simple File Upload, and Aaron Francis, who’s a Laravel developer, works at Tuple, podcaster, and builder of Torchlight. Today, we find out how Colleen and Aaron ended up in a place working together on a product for two different frameworks, the beginnings of Refine, and they go in depth about the visual query builder they are both working on. We learn more about Colleen’s product, Simple File Upload and Aaron’s product, Torchlight. Also, Aaron’s explains how his experience has been coming from the outside world as a Laravel developer and giving a workshop at RailsConf, and Colleen gives us a small preview of what she’ll be speaking about at the upcoming Rails SaaS Conference 2022. Go ahead and download this episode now to find out more!
[00:01:36] Colleen and Aaron introduce themselves and tell us what they do.
[00:03:04] There was a workshop at RailsConf that Colleen and Aaron had around Advanced Active Record and we learn about the purpose of the workshop.
[00:04:42] We find out what Arel is and what it gives us, and how Laravel handles everything you need but in a different way.
[00:09:07] We find out where the query builders are in the process of launching for each side.
[00:10:57] Andrew wonders if Aaron used CSS variables to make it customizable or if he went with a manual approach, and Aaron tells us a problem they ran across.
[00:12:49] Jason asks if they are able to share the front-end libraries between both the Rails and Laravel one or if they’re shipping separately.
[00:13:54] For the Rails side, Jason asks if they are mounting a Rails engine to access a query builder or how does someone access it once it’s in the app.
[00:16:06] Colleen and Aaron explain what it’s like to maintain feature parity between the two.
[00:20:56] We hear the story of how Colleen and Aaron ended up in a place where they’re both working on a product for two different frameworks, the beginnings of Refine, and how they met.
[00:27:40] Colleen tells us all about Simple File Upload, which is predominately a Heroku add-on, and how the adoption has been over the past year.
[00:31:18] Aaron tells us all about Torchlight, which is a syntax highlighter, and the positive responses he’s had from releasing this product.