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Vladimir Dementyev Evil Martians

Rails 6: B-sides and rarities

Discover the lesser-known parts of the next major framework upgrade, appealing to mature applications that have been around for a while. Instead of focusing on “greatest hits,” we will walk you through B-sides and rarities that make this new release enjoyable in subtler ways. What B-sides and rarities are Vladimir speaking of? While the most-advertised Rails 6 features like Action Mailbox and Action Text steal all the spotlight, it is unlikely that a real-life Rails application that has been around for a while will benefit from the ease of building WYSIWYG text editors right after the upgrade. At the same time, less flashy features like multiple databases support or parallel testing can bring immediate gains to your productivity—and Rails 6 has enough of those to offer if you know where to look.

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Andrey Sitnik Evil Martians

Better web video with AV1 codec

Andrey Sitnik: The bets are placed. Both YouTube and Netflix have named AV1 a video codec for the future: Google’s video service is already using it on TestTube (new, experimental features for YouTube). Netflix has been calling AV1 “our primary next-gen codec” for a while now. AV1 is a new codec that produces videos 30-50% smaller than H.264 and 30% smaller than H.265. It’s already supported by Chrome and Firefox (with Edge support in beta), so it’s not too early to start encoding your videos with it. This article helps you get started encoding with AV1 and has a great tip at the end to convert existing GIFs to it (reducing their size by 20 to 40 times)!

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