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Switching the news feed to Heroku

Jul 5, 2013 • posted by Michael Hartl

After having some trouble with the refresh times on GitHub Pages, a few days ago I switched the Rails Tutorial News Feed over to Heroku. Some of you may have noticed a large number of unread articles in your feed reader or email summary; this change from Pages to Heroku is the reason why, as it forced a regeneration of the site’s Atom feed. Now I’ve discovered that a few posts got lost in the transition; I’ve added them back, which means another chunk of “unread” items may show up in your reader or inbox. The Heroku site is now working well, though, so I’m optimistic that this kind of thing won’t happen again any time soon.

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.)