One of my clients’ site,, is undergoing a full overhaul currently and occupies a lot of my free time. I figure it deserves the occasional blog for updates.


Gnartifact is getting a brand new video archiving form. Before, the site grabbed a lot of data from the Vimeo and YouTube APIs from the Rails backend. In this version, all API calls are done client-side using jQuery. This increases performance and accuracy of archiving.

Select default thumbnails is now even easier as you can now upload your own thumbnails, and all past thumbnails are saved to be chosen from at any point. Customization is the name of the game for this version. Paperclip still powers image uploading.

With the addition of many more video attributes, the archive form is broken into tabs. This makes organization and user workflow much simpler, and makes it easy to enable or disable features on the fly.

Major changes is the upgrade to Rails 3.1 from Rails 2.3. Production server will run on Phusion Passenger instead of a Mongrel cluster. Hosting company will be switched to my own reseller account. RVM is implemented now right in development. A local Git server and Capistrano will be used for deployment. The complete custom administrative end has been replaced with the ActiveAdmin gem, which I really recommend you check out. 

As always, NewRelic will be used for server monitoring. 

More updates to come soon