SLMC Bombed - How convenient!

Doctors (GMOA in particular) have been in the spot light. They launched an island wide inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of patients in dire need of medical attention. The they tried to raise black flags in Vesak. The people responded they should rather shove the flags up their arses. Not many days from then a bomb lands in their head office…

Here are the important points of the news coverage…

  • A grenade
  • No CCTV coverage of the incident
  • Grande didn’t blow
  • Happened at night

There is only one thing I need to say how convenient!.

History in short

  • Doctors strike against free Indian ambulance service - many lives saved for today
  • Doctors strike against reducing car-permits to once in 10 years - to reduce tax on poor
  • Doctors strike when automobile taxes increased by Rs. 5000 - to reduce tax on poor
  • Doctors strike against nurses receiving degrees
  • Doctors stops lecturing AHS students at University of Peradeniya (so much for free education)
  • Doctors against allied-health-science (AHS) degree

I bet I missed a lot! But that is all for now!

Multi Subdomain Rails 5 App

I am involved building a SaaS application for Brevica, a US based firm, an app called Church Foyer. Last week I was implementing subdomain based multi-tenancy. For example, you can create a tenant with your own personalized subdomain. That is a cool feature, but I will talk about that later. I am going to pull an example from my personal website.

Here I am going to show you how you can create a single app that has multiple sub-domains. For example:

  • : the admin dashboard
  • : the blog etc

I recommend breaking down a large app to smaller, more manageable apps. But if that is not your interest, this is how you are going to do it. Here I will present you…

  • Session management
  • Rails 5 routing constraints
  • A basic Nginx config for subdomain based Rails app

Step 1: Subdomain Session management

We don’t want our users to login to every single subdomain our app has, agreed? Then we need to configure Rails session store allow this. You can do some thing going in line with…

Rails.application.config.session_store :cookie_store,
                                       key: '_jdeencom_session',
                                       domain: {
                                         production: '',
                                         development: ''
                                       }.fetch(Rails.env.to_sym, :all)

This will allow sessions created in, lets say, be available in,, should the user need to comment on a blog post.

Step 2: Routes and Routing Constraints

Next you will need to define routes that have constraints constraints. This constraints should be in the subdomain level. For example we will need to redirect the request to / when the request is for example to blog#index action.

Rails.application.routes.draw do
  # ...
  constraints JDeen::Constraints::Blog do
    root 'blog#index'
  # ...
# JDeen website main namespace
module JDeen 
  # Routing constraints
  module Constraints
    # Constraints for the blog subdomain
    class Blog
      # Checks if a request to the Rails app matches the blog
      def self.matches?(request)
        request.subdomain.present? && request.subdomain == 'blog'

Step 3: Nginx config

The next is, we would need minor changes to a general Nginx config file. Just notice the * in front of the server name below.

cat /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
server {
  listen 80;
  return 301 $scheme://$request_uri;

upstream jdeendev {
    server localhost:3500 max_fails=3 fail_timeout=30;

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name *;

    root /home/ziyan/Work/JDeen/JDeen;

    try_files $uri/index.html $uri @jdeendev;

    location @jdeendev {
        proxy_pass http://jdeendev;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_redirect off;

    error_page 500 502 503 504 /500.html;
    client_max_body_size 4G;
    keepalive_timeout 10;

Thats it and you should be good to go! Unless I missed some thing :relaxed:

A Happy New Year To You

This is one of the most important times of the year for a Sri Lankan. It is the Sinhalese and Hindu new year, the local new year. It is an important time in the year for me and my family, we are Malay Muslims though. I make this an opportunity to wish you a happy new year, regardless of your ethnicity and your religion.

The generally accepted new year is just a change in calendar numbers. People get excited for no apparent reason. The Sinhalese and Hindu new year is different. It reassembles the transition of the sun from Pisces to Aries. You can read a lot more abut the festival here.

I am looking forward to prepare milk rice and enjoy some Kavum, Kokis and other tasty sweets.

While I wish you a wonderful new year, I hope you will be able to accomplish your dreams in the year to come.

Coke vs Pepsi - Halloween

Some would say peace is good, but some times war is interesting. I don’t mean armed conflict but the competition between humans.

Here is some thing interesting post I found from the HubSpot blog.

Pepsi vs Coke

I guess this is when we have to say Coke - 1 : Pepsi - 0.

Enjoy your Thursday, time to dive in my new Ruby project.

VS Code - Ubuntu Icon

Since about a month, I have been trying Visual Studio Code. It is great and developed in a fast pace. I prefer VS Code over Atom editor because it supports Ruby debugging through a plugin. How ever one problem I noticed was that that once installed the VS Code Icon will not show on Unity and instead a default text editor icon was used.

The issue is with the Unity launcher config. You can easily update it. I am on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS so if you are on another distribution I am not sure if this will work.

Make sure you have the icon installed

-> ls /usr/share/code/resources/app/resources/linux/

Then update the launcher config.

sudo vim /usr/share/applications/code.desktop

Update the Icon= line from code to /usr/share/code/resources/app/resources/linux/code.png.

Thats it and that beautiful icon will show nice and big in Unity when you search for code or open it.