When you are deploying code left-and-right, even in a test-driven development cycle, sometimes you still want the piece of mind that your website is responding. In my case, this is specific to API endpoints and different API environments we run our products on.
This script allows you to leave a mini terminal window on your screen that will refresh the status of a website at an interval of your choice. I use two gems, the first is to make the text colors pretty, and the second is for making the HTTP calls- install them like so:
> gem install httparty
> gem install terminal-display-colors
Below is the code, which can also be found on this Github gist.
To use the ticker, take the code and put it into a file named `status.rb` and run the following in terminal from the directory the file is located:
> ruby status.rb
To exit the ticker, use control+c on your keyboard.