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Jul 7, 2013 • posted by Michael Hartl

The recent switch to Heroku ferreted out an annoying bug in the Rails Tutorial News Feed, namely, hard-coded GitHub Pages URLs deep in the site’s configuration. All the links on the site itself were fine, but the Atom feed had the obsolete GitHub Pages addresses. I’m glad to find out about this, as I certainly never meant to expose those URLs, preferring to use custom subdomains (e.g., news.railstutorial.org) whenever possible. So, the prophecy in my last post that this sort of issue wouldn’t soon happen again has gone unfulfilled, but I’m optimistic that this is indeed the last time.

I’ve changed over the feed to use the proper news.railstutorial.org URLs, but it might take a few days for all the caches with the old feed to expire. Thanks for your patience, and sorry for all the noise.

Michael Hartl

I’m Michael Hartl—author, educator, and entrepreneur. I’m probably best known as the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, a book and screencast series that together constitute one of the leading introductions to web development. Once called his “favorite book” by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the Ruby on Rails Tutorial currently has over 150 5-star reviews at Amazon. I’m also (in)famous for creating Tau Day and The Tau Manifesto, which have inspired an international movement dedicated to the proposition that “pi is wrong.” (For example, as a result of The Tau Manifesto, MIT releases their admissions decisions each year at “Tau Time” (6:28 p.m.), and typing tau/2 at Google yields 3.14159…) Finally, I’m a founder of Softcover, a publishing system and sales platform for technical authors, which among other things powers both The Tau Manifesto and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial.

I’m a graduate of Harvard College and have a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, where I studied black hole dynamics and was an award-winning instructor in theoretical and computational physics. I’m also an alumnus of Y Combinator, the entrepreneur program that has produced companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb. (Alas, my own Y Combinator startup was neither Dropbox nor Airbnb.)