Ruby on Rails Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hi everyone,

I hope its okay to post this here.

We're interested in hearing from talented Ruby on Rails Full Stack Developers for a position in Dublin Ireland. BlueBridge Technologies is a digital medical device company. We develop regulated systems & software for the Pharma and Medical Device sectors.

This is a greenfield role, and you would have a large amount of freedom in the technologies and architecture of the applications and systems you would be building.

Please email cv to MikeMoran@bluebridgetech.com or apply here: https://bluebridgetech.bamboohr.co.uk/jobs/view.php?id=30


Best regards,
Mike

Michael Moran
Recruitment Business Partner
BlueBridge Technologies
3015 Lake Drive, Citywest (click for a map) 

mikemoran@bluebridgetech.com
+353 83 3551425
Skype: live:68037a2997e4e3f3

www.bluebridgetechnologies.com


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Ruby on Rails Monday, February 18, 2019

> On Feb 18, 2019, at 4:10 PM, Philip Rhoades <phil@pricom.com.au> wrote:
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> Phil,
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> On 2019-02-19 10:42, Phil Edelbrock wrote:
>>> On Feb 18, 2019, at 9:53 AM, Philip Rhoades <phil@pricom.com.au> wrote:
>>> People,
>>> I have offered to volunteer IT advice to the local Meals on Wheels group - they have an existing informational web site and as a first step I have created an interactive PDF form for them so that clients can fill in a form on their computer and email it back to MoW. The next step is an on-line ordering setup and I could knock up a quick Rails system but before reinventing wheels, I went searching for something that is already working but couldn't find anything on GitHub or GitLab - is anyone aware of a simple system that is already in use?
>>> In this case we are talking about people ordering frozen meals - so someone might choose a dozen meals from a selection of a 100+.
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>> That looks like a really nice cause. Are you thinking a simple form
>> that submits and sends the order via an email?
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> I have just done that with an interactive PDF - see attached form. The next step is a web page doing much the same thing.

Yes, I saw that and played with it. Nice.

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>> A few other questions:
>> - Is this open to the public, or only registered customers?
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> Registered customers.

OK, so that could be another table of data.

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>> - Related, how does the order get associated to the person placing the
>> order (sign-in, or some other means of identifying the customer,
>> address, phone, payment methods, etc.)
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> All to be determined - it might be by the person logging in themselves or by a MoW volunteer.

I could imagine some two element thing... (not the usual user/pass, but something simpler?) Like phone # and last name?

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>> - Do you need to accept credit cards at checkout in the web app? (i.e.
>> security considerations, and tie-ins to other gateways and such)
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> No on-line transactions for the first web step.

OK, that helps simplify a lot.

>
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>> - Any reason why this can't be done through, say, Grubhub or
>> Uber-eats? (I am noticing now you are in Australia... not sure what's
>> there)
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> They are already setup with doing the own meal preparations, they just need more efficiency in the orders.
>

Oh, I meant they would be on Grubhub or something as a food provider/restaurant. (Sounds like not a great match, though? Just was thinking.)

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>> - Does this site need some on-line means to adjust items, availability
>> and costs and such? (i.e. how comfortable is the person maintaining
>> this with maintaining the data directly with a, say, tab delimited
>> file, YAML, or database vs. needing a full-on CMS-style management
>> system?)
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> The meals and prices don't change much apparently but a mechanism for doing that will need to be added in due course I think.
>

OK, so perhaps make it a proper DB table to begin with and add a CMS/interface in an admin section later.


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>> - What technology is the existing site using?
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> Paper.

Oh, OK. I meant what web tech.. ;') Rails, PHP, etc.?

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>> I.e., would you be
>> putting the existing site inside a Rails app, or doing something else
>> to merge the two technologies, if they are different?
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> I am getting more details at the end of the week - the quickest mechanism would be to just add the Rails app as a link from their existing static site.

Makes sense. BTW- A static site (just HTML files and such) can happily be integrated by throwing them into the public directory. PHP or something else could get more complicated.

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>> Interesting little project. I could see that you could create
>> something for your local MoW and then providing it to any other MoWs
>> out there...
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> I am surprised something like this hasn't already been already done centrally somehow.

It certainly has, but I'm not sure for quite this sort of philanthropic purpose? Perhaps some more digging might come up with something.


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>> could scale up. For that matter, have you checked with
>> the main MoW to see if they have some solution already that could save
>> you a lot of time? ...checking my local MoW, they don't seem to have
>> much at all in the form of online ordering and such...
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> I will find out more at the first meeting but it does seem there is room for wider use within the organisation but maybe these groups only operate locally?

OK. Let me know if I can help. Some of my background, I've spent several years working with Oregon Food Bank doing their web site (online donations and such), I've written rails app for various online ordering including for restaurants. I've donated time driving to deliver food to those in need as well.

Oh, and I'm not looking to get paid for anything, just perhaps to give a little advice to help you help people in need.


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> Thanks,
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> Phil.
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>> Phil
>> PS- Nice to meet another Philip with one L. ;')
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> Ha! You mean with the correct spelling . .

EXACTLY. ;')


Take care,


Phil

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Ruby on Rails

On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 4:11 PM Philip Rhoades <phil@pricom.com.au> wrote:

> > Interesting little project. I could see that you could create
> > something for your local MoW and then providing it to any other MoWs
> > out there...
>
> I am surprised something like this hasn't already been already done
> centrally somehow.

LOL I'm not surprised -- organizations like this tend to be way behind
the tech curve, and have few resources to address that.

Doing a one-off app is one thing, doing a "universal" configurable app
for multiple deployments is another, potentially more valuable in the
long run but of course more work.

You might want to see if there are Australian civic tech groups with
experience in this area.

Good luck, and have fun!

P.S. Don't forget about accessibility issues for an aging audience.

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