– we create awesome web applications

Astrails, the oldest, most renown, experienced and just plain awesomest Rails development studio in Tel Aviv is looking for an experienced, nay, fuck experienced, passionate web developer.

We work with Rails since 2005, done more than a hundred projects for startups from all over the world and work with the newest and most interesting technologies around. We constantly speak at conferences and literally wrote a book about Rails.

We are 7 industry veterans, have shitloads of knowledge accumulated and happy to share it. We routinely do code reviews, pair programming and automatic testing. We work with best tools money can buy and have unlimited educational budget for everyone.

Long story short, if you want to learn and advance as a developer, there is no better place to be, period.

We’re looking for a web developer that loves the craft. If you can loudly argue about advantages of client vs server side rendering, NoSQL vs relational DB, Ruby vs Python, do apply, you’ll find who to argue with here :)

If your idea of a job is punching a card and being done with it, go to Microsoft or something, it will not work out here. But if you’re enthusiastic about technology, spend your time reading dev news, come talk to us, we speak the same language.

What you get:

  • You will work with cutting edge technologies and people that care about them
  • You’ll get to know a lot of emerging startups, the world startup scene and never get bored
  • You get a Macbook Air, 27” kick ass Apple Cinema Display and an Apple keyboard and mouse to go with it
  • You will work in a cool office with a fridge full of good stuff and the best coffee we can find

What we want:

  • some 2-3 years of web development experience, if it was Ruby or Python - big fat plus
  • strong understanding of front end development, JS, jQuery, Backbone.js, HTML5, CSS3 should be something you can tell us about
  • we will strongly prefer someone who has github account, contributes to some open source project, did some pet projects at home, runs a blog about development, tweets about related stuff, you get the idea.

Sounds like your cup of beer? [email protected]

A while back Vitaly wrote a post about LaunchBar. One of the feedbacks we got was to try out Alfred.

After checking it out we switched.

Alfred is an app launcher and then some for OSX. In the version 2 released not that long ago they added brilliant feature - possibility to create your own workflows using nice and simple UI and share them with everyone.

The one workflow I find particularly useful is the Alfred Github Workflow.

The instructions to download and install are provided at the Github page linked above. Once installed you will be asked for your github credentials. The password is not stored, instead the they store your github session cookie.

It’s activated with gh command and you get the list of your repos. Looks like that:

Github workflow

Once you choose one of the repositories you get a list possible actions:

Github workflow repository commands

And that about it. Basically, together with Alfred’s fuzzy filtering and always being a keystroke away, it gives me a fast and convenient way to access any of my github repositories.

The June 2013 DevCon event took place on June 20. We sponsored the event, as we always do. Also Vitaly gave an overview talk on RubyMotion.

Check out the talk

New version - 0.3.1 - of astrails-safe released.

New stuff:

  • Internally switched from jeweler to bundler. Should not matter for users, but be sure to report any strange behaviour.
  • Plain FTP support, before that we only supported SFTP - contributed by seroy
  • mongodump support - contributed by Matt Berther

Thanks guys for your contributions.

We’re planning to spend some long overdue work on refactoring and adding new features. Just a couple of upcoming features:

  • Remote only S3 support. Back then when we added support for S3 it was not possible to upload straight to S3, so when you backup to S3 we store local file and then upload it. Amazon guys added this feature some time ago and we plan to support it.
  • Adding generic notifier support. We plan to start notifying by email and HipChat at the beginning, but adding new notification channels should be fairly easy.

The Rails 4 Way on Leanpub.com

We are proud to announce that our own Vitaly Kushner co-authored the new edition of ‘The Rails 4 Way’ together with Rails legend Obie Fernandes of Hashrocket fame.

‘The Rails 4 Way’ is the latest edition of the most comprehensive, authoritative guide to delivering production-quality code with Rails 4.

About half a year ago Vitaly posted a post about how simple it is today to use ruby patches bundled with rvm installation to dramatically reduce big rails app loading times and make your dev environment a much happier place.

Since then Ruby advanced with new patchlevels and there are new patches to use, so let’s go over this once again.


Back in February we sponsored a great technical event - Reversim Summit 2013

Now the organizers uploaded videos from all talks to youtube, so go check out a lots of quality technical content

My personal favorite - How To Fuckup, by Yosi Taguri


Rails Conference 2012, first time in Israel, was a great deal of fun. Lot’s of presenters both local and from all over the world, well, more like from all over the world of Rails. There were talks from Github, Heroku, Engine Yard, Gogobot, Get Taxi and lots and lots of others. Solid organization from Raphael Fogel People and Computers guys. Hordes of interesting people to talk to, nice and abundant food and coffee, lots of great content from the speakers and to sign off the day Github guys invited everyone to an open bar drinkup event.

We gave 2 talks, Vitaly’s “Performance - When, What and How” and Boris’ “Rails Missing Features”. Check out slides and videos of those talks.


Finally, there is a Rails Conference here in Israel. Long overdue. We’re sponsoring it and giving one keynote and one lecture.


The OPEN 2010 conference was very well organized and had many interesting talks.



Supports ERB and HAML for now, vote on site for more formats.

Beautifully crafted, totally free and it’s kinda fun.


About a week ago about 15 people were gathered in People and Computers offices thanks to Raphael Fogel.


The opportunity

120 happy dreamers cooking for 54 hours of pure startup joy, well-fed and ready to work. Of course, I’m talking here about Startup Weekend Israel.

The challenge

Come up with an idea that can be implemented in a couple of days, yet is so cool, so innovative, and so useful that I could attract the best of the best.

Read the rest at blogtheblog.jobthejob.com

P.S Now we have some pictures too there, you should check it out


Clicktale is a service that allows you to record and later playback behavior of your users while they are using your site. And Rails is Rails, you know.

And those two are getting along just fine, until the user logs in. After that clicktale service is cut out of the html pages this user gets and can’t record the session. But it just started to get interesting…