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Hi! I'm Josh. I really like open-source. It's not only good for the environment, but also a great learning tool.

When I was starting my Ruby on Rails journey in 2011, I attributed a lot of my good code to that of others. This was made possible by open-source projects.

I would visit almost daily, looking for inspiration and how other people wrote code. It was invaluable to me. However, like all good things, it has moved on.

After receiving the nod from Jacques Crocker, the original creator of, I created my own directory of open-source Rails projects with a small twist: a short synopsis and tagging. Thanks Jacques!

I'm an occasional writer of technical-ish stuff, and fraud, sometimes piracy, and sometimes pizza at and I can be found on most places on the internet as joshmn.

I send a brief, fun-to-read newsletter on the second Wednesday of each month with some bite-sized Railsisms and more from around the Rails community.


Ruby on Rails
applications analyzed


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Design pattern

Credits and thanks

This was made possible by a lot of people.

Jacques Crocker

Jacques Crocker who created the original and gave me the go-ahead to work on his original idea.


Linode takes care of hosting (referral link that gets you $100 and I get $25). Their performance kicks the snot out of similar providers. Sign up using my referral link and get $100 credit, no joke.

Infrastructure management

HatchBox handles provisioning and deployment so I don't have to play devops (referral link that tells Chris I love him). HatchBox is a godsend to bootstrappers like me. Try it, you'll love it, and you'll have a hard time going back to Heroku!

Framework support

Contributors to the Ruby ecosystem, and Ruby on Rails itself make me happy. I know nine languages well-enough to get to production, but only one is a joy to work with. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

ActsAsTaggableOn and its contributors

ActsAsTaggableOn makes tagging almost fun. Basic tagging of objects is easy. But it quickly turns into a mess. mbeligh is repsonsible for for this wonderful gem. It handles so much of this site.


Bootstrap for not making me design. Changed the way that web works. If you don't remember what the web was like pre-Bootstrap, you're very young, and, you're very fortunate.

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