Weston Ganger BCIS

weston@westonganger.com

Web/App Software Engineer. Owner of Solid Foundation Web Development

Backend preference. Specializing in Ruby, Rails, Crystal, Javascript, Linux, & Databases

Career Summary

I started my career as a Website developer and quickly moved into Software Engineeering and Application Development. I work with the stakeholders in all stages of the development lifecycle.
I have spent the last 5 years developing Ruby-on-Rails applications for usage internally within BC Hydro. During this time, I created many new applications and maintain legacy applications. These applications manage various business processes, workflows, and documents within the organization.

About Me

I am 26 years old and have a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS) from University of the Fraser Valley since 2014.

In 2014, I started a software development consultancy Solid Foundation Web Development located in the Lower Mainland, BC, Canada. For any software development needs Contact Me

When I am not coding, I enjoy the Outdoors, 4x4, Power Sports, Snowboarding, Skateboarding, & Family Time.

I am a Christian believer and declare that Jesus Christ is God and king.Ask me why.

Profile Links

I refuse to waste my time maintaining the boatloads of public and professional profiles that everyone says you should keep up on. Listed here are the only public profiles I will be supporting.

My Blogs / Articles

I try to document anything that I find useful or important within one of my blogs. Here you will find a list of topics that I sometimes post on.


My Open Source Work

Here is a list of open source coding libraries that I have created and maintain. These libraries aid in some part of the software development process. These are all publicly available for use within any software development project.

ProjectCategoryDescriptionRolePopularity
spreadsheet_architectRubySpreadsheet Architect is a library that allows you to create XLSX, ODS, or CSV spreadsheets super easily from ActiveRecord relations, plain Ruby objects, or tabular dataCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
RubyGems Downloads
select-syncJavascriptSelect Sync is a jQuery plugin to synchronize selects by selected or disabled options easilyCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
NPM Downoads
RODFRubyRODF is a library for writing to ODF output from Ruby. It mainly focuses creating ODS spreadsheets.Project Maintainer since 2016GitHub Stars
RubyGems Downloads
rearmed_railsRubyA collection of helpful methods and monkey patches for RailsCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
RubyGems Downloads
rearmed-rbRubyRearmed-RB helpful methods and monkey patches for Objects, Strings, Enumerables, Arrays, Hash, Dates, & RailsCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
RubyGems Downloads
rearmed-jsJavascriptA collection of helpful methods and monkey patches for Arrays, Objects, Numbers, and Strings in JavascriptCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
NPM Downoads
rearmed-cssCSSCSS Utility Classes for rapid developmentCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
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rails_nested_layoutsRubyDead simple nested layouts for RailsCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
RubyGems Downloads
protected_attributes_continuedRubyProtected Attributes for Rails 5Creator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
RubyGems Downloads
prawn-railsRubyPrawn Handler for RailsProject Maintainer since 2017GitHub Stars
RubyGems Downloads
paperclip_utilsRubyA collection of processors and helper methods for easier dynamic processors and styles on your Paperclip uploadsCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
RubyGems Downloads
paper_trail-association_trackingRubyPlugin for the PaperTrail gem to track and reify associationsProject Maintainer since 2018GitHub Stars
RubyGems Downloads
minitest_change_assertionsRubyProvides assertions for your Minitest suite to determine if an object has been changed Creator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
RubyGems Downloads
lazy_serializeRubyAn alternative to ActiveRecord's serialize method which does not serialize each column until the first call to the attributeCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
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js-tryJavascriptJS-Try is a Javascript implementation of the try method from Rails for safe navigationCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
NPM Downoads
input-case-enforcerJavascriptInput Case Enforcer is a jQuery plugin to enforce uppercase, lowercase, or capitalized inputs & textareasCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
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input-autogrowJavascriptInput Autogrow is a jQuery autogrow plugin for inputsCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
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cordova-plugin-camera-previewCordova / JavascriptCordova plugin that allows camera interaction from HTML code Project Maintainer since 2016GitHub Stars
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cordova-plugin-apprateCordova / JavascriptA plugin to provide rate this app functionality into your cordova applicationProject Maintainer since 2016GitHub Stars
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chosen-readonlyJavascriptChosen Readonly is a plugin that extends Chosen Selects to add support for the readonly attributeCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
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chosen-material-themeCSSMaterial theme for Chosen SelectCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
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chosen-bootstrap-themeCSSBootstrap theme for Chosen Select that actually looks like BootstrapCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
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bootstrap-directional-buttonsCSSDirectional / Arrow buttons for BootstrapCreator & MaintainerGitHub Stars
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axlsx_stylerRubyBuild clean and maintainable styles for your axlsx spreadsheets. Build your spreadsheeet with data and then apply styles later. Project Maintainer since 2018GitHub Stars
RubyGems Downloads

My Public Projects

Here is a list of public projects I have created.

ProjectApp DescriptionDev StoryLive Release Date
22RE TechTech Guides & Articles for Toyota 4x4There are a lot of resources on the web for 80's and 90's Toyota 4x4 vehicles out there. But throughout my mechanical adventures I gained a lot of expertise simply through trial and error. These tidbits of information were crucial to me and I wish I was able to read about it before going at it. I want to share this knowledge publicly with others in the community.TBD
Calculator SidekickProviding free online calculators for any purpose.I wanted an easy way to create online js calculators and turn them into mobile apps. So I did exactly that and created this website. I created a mobile app called "Tip Sidekick" which grabs the calculator and embeds it within the application. It works very well, however unfortunately I abandoned the idea after making the first one. This is simply because I lost general interest in mobile apps and app stores as its a constant moving target. I now have decided to to only use the web if ever possible.April 2017
Carrie.WestonGanger.comA fun website I built to hype up the marriage of my wife and I.A fun website I built to hype up the marriage of my wife and I.April 2015
Coders LogA collection of community link-log about different code topics. If you have an article to share, created a library, or any other news, You can share it with the coding community.This website was built as a clone of one of my favourite websites, RubyFlow. At the time I was looking for a place to post my Linux and Cordova articles to but could not find any appropriate places. So I created this website with most every relevant programming language.March 2016
What Rattles My CagePost your rants and raves about the things that just rattle your cage!I wrote this application to teach myself how to write a Rails JSON API and AngluarJS 1.x applications. Was a really good learning experience.September 2015

My Mobile Apps

Here is a list of public mobile apps I have created over the years. I developed all of these for my own usage and enjoyment, to learn Cordova and Ionic, and to maybe make a few bucks on the side.

At this time, these are all still available on the Google Play Store. They were on the Apple App Store for a few years but I decided to stop paying the yearly ~$250 dev fee, ridiculous, at which point they remove all of your apps from the App Store, very disappointing. The reason for dropping this cost is that I lost interest in mobile apps as they are a moving target and now support the web whenever at all possble.

ProjectApp DescriptionDev StoryLive Release DateImage
Chuck Norris Jokes & FactsGet a random jokes or facts about the man himself, Chuck Norris.Chuck Norris is rad and these jokes are funny. While creating Random Joke Generator I thought it might be a good idea to create a more specific version of the application. The Chuck Norris Joke dataset large and perfect for this.March 2016
Its Your TurnSimply press a button and the app will tell the next person to take their turn This application was developed during one evening when attempting to play a slightly boring game. We kept forgetting whos turn it was and who had the dice. So I created this app to manage turn taking and make noise and voice when its time to change turns. I tried creating the application in both React Native and Ionic v2 but I didnt enjoy react as expected so I settled with Ionic 2.x for the final product.April 2017
Official Beer Pong RulesThe Definitive Beer Pong Rules app. Contains Word Series of Beer Pong rules, West Coast rules, East Coast rules, House Rules, and Fun Rules.At every party with beer pong happening there are always people arguing about the rules. I created this app to solve this exact problem. To no surprise, even after introducing it, the arguing didnt stop.October 2015
Random Joke GeneratorGet a random joke at the click of a button. Over 15000 jokes to get you laughing.I wanted to make an fun joke application to pass the time when in line or bored. So I compiled a source database of jokes from around the web and created and Rails API to access it. I then created a mobile app to download one joke at a time randomly. I use this application all the time when I am bored looking for a quick laugh or joke. Its a hoot.March 2016
Snow Vision CameraSee the world in snow vision! Use your camera to see an augmented reality with falling snow.After creating the application Super Mirror HD. I decided if I could actually do something useful or fun. This was the idea I came up with. Very simple and fun project that worked well using only jQuery effects.January 2016
Sudoku UltraChallenge your mind with this fun and addictive game of sudoku.After the success of my word game, Super Word Twister, I decided people like mind games. I knew my Nana really liked Sudoku so I thought it would be useful to a few people if I created a mobile application with this game.June 2017
Super Dice RollerThe definitive dice rolling app. Swipe, Touch, or Shake to roll the dice. Visual and Voice responses.I built this application to address a need. When playing a board game we kept forgetting who had the dice. This way we could leave the phone on the table and use a gesture to active the digital dice roll.March 2016
Super Farm ClickerBuild your crew and expand your farm in this extensive incremental/clicker game.The second most successful app I ever built. The reason for this apps success is that clicker games are highly addictive due to the RPG elements they play on. I have always been a fan of RPG video games so naturally this was a fun project for me.October 2015
Super Mega QuizA fun quiz and trivia game. Over 300 questions to answer.A clone of my other application, Super Millionaire Quiz, with a new set of questions.Jan 2016
Super Millionaire QuizA fun quiz and trivia game based on the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire.I thought this was a good game idea that would fit well within the idea of an Ionic / Angular application. I found a few data sets to work with and whipped this game up.November 2015
Super Mirror HDThe definitive mirror to go app. Super Mirror HD allows you to check out your makeup, hair, or face.One day my Mom and Aunt said to me, "oh my gosh, it would be such a good idea to create an app thats like a mirror." I laughed and replied saying that you could just open the camera app. I then thought it might be a interesting application to create and would be funny to see how many gullible people would download this, which is 5000+ as of August 2017.November 2015
Super Word TwisterA fun and addictive text twisting game.The first mobile app I ever built, and the most successful due to a free $500 Amazon App Store ads promotion which provided a bunch of initial traffic and downloads. I built this using Ionic / AngularJS 1.x. I created this application as a clone of a fun test twisting game I used to play a lot on my PSP. This project was really fun for me as I have always enjoyed word games.September 2015
Tip SidekickSimple and Easy Calculator for calculating tip amount and splitting the bill.This is the first and only application I created to complement my website, calculator-sidekick.westonganger.com The idea was to create a calulator on a webpage and then be able to utilize these within a dead simple cordova mobile application and appear native at the same time. The idea worked perfectly however I lost interest in creating each and every mobile app so I stopped with this one.April 2017
Word JumblerA fun text twisting game. Hundreds of words to spell. Hi-Scores to brag to your friends.A clone of my first game, Super Word Twister.December 2015