So as developers and designers we are constantly pushing ourselves to hone our skills and learn new techniques or technologies. A fair amount of learning is done on the job, but most times we practice these new skills in our free time. Staying up to date and honing our skills on relevant technologies is what makes the distinction between successful developers/designers and the ones whose skills stagnate. When hired, we are expected to execute fast and correctly, not experiment with edge technologies and implementations.
My personality type and hunger for knowledge have lead me down the path of learning organically. For instance, on the two projects I am currently working on, I kept getting frustrated with the lack of access to a htaccess file on Heroku. For both of these projects I wanted to password protect the staging and production sites while in development. Don’t get me wrong, I am loving Heroku. But if you guess, stumble upon or happen to know the URL, its completely unprotected. This poses problems for ‘top secret’ projects. So I started thinking, maybe we could build an add-on that serves a proxy and has basic http authentication. Joshua, my main Rails developer, pointed out that this is simple enough to implement in a Rails app, that a proxy is not really necessary. But will anyone (including me) implement it on every project?
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