launches course registration site

Posted by Jesper on March 20, 2010

Scrum.orgLast week launced a redesigned homepage. As part of the redesign I assisted with the development and customization of

Founded by Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, and other leading international Agile experts, provides a complete solution for companies seeking high-impact results from Scrum and Agile development.

One of the offerings by is the Professional Scrum Developer program. It is an interesting take on Scrum training—not for Scrum Masters or Product Owners, but for developers.

You can read more about the launch on

Monitoring Rails POST requests

Posted by Jesper on March 19, 2010

Just found this draft post, that I had almost forgotten about. If you need to monitor POST requests to your Rails application for whatever reason, here is an easy way of doing it:

class HomeController < ApplicationController

skip_before_filter :verify_authenticity_token, :only => :post_up def index end # monitored by # this will test if Rails is up and responding to GETs and POSTs def rails_up url = URI.parse(url_for(:action => 'post_up')) res = Net::HTTP.post_form(url, {}) # body will be "success" if POST request is successful render :text => res.body rescue Exception => e render :text => "error: #{e.to_s}" end # verify that POST requests are working # we've had problems with Apache segfaulting on POSTs def post_up render :text => ? "success" : "only POST allowed" end end

Only downside to this, is that it generates an additional request for every request to /rails_up. If you run a low number of Mongrels or Passenger instances, this might be a problem.