Backup Your Application Databases

One of things I constantly stress is backup.  When writing web applications we are often focused on the results we want from the application that we can easily forget the underlying infrastructure including the database.  Your beautiful Ruby-on-Rails app is only as good as long as the underlying database structure is alive.  Keep it alive with good database backup.
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Could you make better applications with less manuals?

Let’s face it, creating documentation and manuals stinks. I would much rather put my writing skills to use for this blog or a million other creative endeavors than create a users manual that explains the obvious. But how do you explain what information should go into what field in a form page without creating a corresponding help page or user manual? Tooltips.
Tooltip Example
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