Rob Lacey

Brighton, UK -

Software Engineer working since 2008 with Ruby / Ruby on Rails, love a bit of Elixir / Phoenix. I also poke through other people's code and make PRs for OpenSource Ruby projects that sometimes make it. Currently working at Juniper Education making code for UK schools.

Pandora console

The Pandora

…the most powerful gaming handheld there is….

Now, I’ll need some more freelance work to get my hands on one of these.

Oooh....erb templates in javascript

Found this ERB for jQuery script this morning from Dan Webb

// ERB style templates for jQuery in hardly any code.
// Based on
// A tiny and simple plugin to allow erb style template rendering within jQuery.
// Make a template:
// <script type="text/html" id="template1">
// <% $.each(items, function(i, image) { %>
//   <p><img src="<%= %>" alt="<%= image.title %>"></p>
// <% }); %>
// </script>
// Render the template into the dom with some data:
// <script type="text/javascript">
// jQuery(function($) {
//   $.getJSON("", function(data) {
//     $('#test').render('template1', data);
//   });
// });
// </script>
// Alternatively, you can load templates from files:
// $('#test').render('template.ejs', data);

jQuery(function($) {
  var cache = {};
  function compile(source) {
    return new Function("obj",
          "var p=[],print=function(){p.push.apply(p,arguments);};" +
          "with(obj){p.push('" +
            .replace(/[\r\t\n]/g, " ")
            .replace(/((^|%>)[^\t]*)'/g, "$1\r")
            .replace(/\t=(.*?)%>/g, "',$1,'")
        + "');}return p.join('');");
  function load(template) {
    if (!(/\W/).test(template)) {
      return compile($("#" + template).html());
    } else {
      var source;
        async: false,
        url: template,
        dataType: 'text',
        success: function(data) {
          source = data;
      return compile(source);
  $.template = function(template, data) {
    var fn = cache[template] = cache[template] || load(template);
    if (data) return fn(data);
  $.fn.render = function(str, data) {
    return this.each(function() {
      $(this).html($.template(str, data));

Lazarus, pimping up music since 2009

Rails Way - Das magazin fur Ruby on Rails

I found this little gem in a bog standard boring, run of the mill newsagents in Berlin, Zoologischer Garten. Perhaps Germany is more tech friendly but having monthly Ruby on Rails, PHP, .Net and Java monthlies is is quite crazy for what would be a small readership.

Available at

Git remote branches

Nice little and verbose script to aid with the creation of remote git repos.

git-remote-branch create sv1.8

or to track an already existing remote branch

git branch --track sv1.8 origin/sv1.8


Why does IE8 ignore this, grrrrrrrrr.

<!--[if lt IE 8]>
<script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>

It seems that the ie8.js script doesn’t like being used inside a frame.

Hi dean,

First of all great work. I have a problem when I use your script inside a frame (ugly, I know). I get a permission denied on ‘if(/ie7_off/.test(||k<5)’.

Any thoughts on a quick fix?

Thanks, Ronald Moolenaar 

YAML defaults

I really do love the way you can add defaults in YAML

development: &defaults
  consumer_key: randomzombieaction
  consumer_secret: morerandomzombieaction
  <<: *defaults
  <<: *defaults
  <<: *defaults

Stewie Vs Zombie

Who will win?

Donkey Kong Vs. Stewie

Who will win?

jQuery, Nano and Songkick

Knocked this one up earlier today to get my Songkick gig listings on this here blog. Maybe its just the novelty of having some gigs to go to and a bit of showing off that we’re running off to Germany for 11 days of mayhem and we’ve not learned how to speak the language yet.

$(document).ready(function () {

  var template = "<li><a href='{uri}'>{displayName}</a></li>";
  var apikey = '<your apikey>';
  var container = $("ul#concerts");

  $.getJSON('<your songkick username>/events.json?apikey=' + apikey + '&jsoncallback=?', function(data) {
    events = data["resultsPage"]["results"]['event'];
    $.each(events.reverse(), function() {
      container.append($.nano(template, this));