It’s the first of the year and you know what that means: resolutions. One change I’m making this year is taking back my email address. For years one of the most important pieces of my personal identity has been in the control of a large corporation. While this hasn’t posed any problems so far, said [...]
Recently I created a small Rails app as a sales/marketing site for the startup I am working at. The site is very basic with just a few models and controllers. We time came to deploy the site, Capistrano felt to big, but we didn’t want to have to manually ssh in every time we had [...]
What are you suppose to do on this page? What are you suppose to do on this page? Now it could be Yahoo! doesn’t consider themselves a search company. The problem is, everyone else does.
Recently after upgrading a Rails app to Rails 2.3.4 I noticed my Soap service calls throwing errors. After a little investigation I found this commit: The problem is that since String#underscore lowercases the string, any Hashes created using Hash.from_xml with xml that contain any capital letters in the node names will break when updating to [...]
Apple markets the iPhone as a true Internet device comparable to its desktop alternatives. One of its killer features is a real web browser. No longer are we stuck with mangled mobile versions with a quarter of the features. No longer do we need our laptops to use the web the way we are accustom [...]
This week I was lucky enough to spend two days at the Merb Sprint. At the sprint I spent some time testing the install and setup process for the Merb Stack and merb_auth (the merb authentication gem). Dan Neighman (aka hassox) spent some time with me going over the merb_auth process and this is my [...]
Today I stumbled upon the first program I ever wrote. It’s an interesting story looking back twenty years later. When I was somewhere between 8-10 years old my uncle gave my family our first computer, a Coleco Adam. Along with the computer we were given the now classic book BASIC Computer Games. No one in [...]
Recently, Merb has been getting a lot of attention. With significant changes leading up to the 1.0 release, and now with it’s own conference, the Merb community needs a centralized place where relevant information can be found. Say hello to Merb Overheard. Merb Overheard follows the planet-type aggregation sites similar to Planet Ruby on Rails [...]
One of the coolest things about Git is how easy it makes working with branches. Rails has been playing catch up with Git’s distributed methodologies and recently took a nice step forward. Previously you could only use ./script/plugin install to install from the master branch of a Github repository. Now you can specify the branch name [...]
Recently I switched from Feather, a Merb blogging app, to WordPress. Here is a small run down on why I made the switch. First off let me say this about Feather. It is an amazing application. I have contributed a bit to its development and can vouch on the quality of the Product. The creators [...]
Feather Blog has made some great progress recently and when looking to update my fork I found myself staring at my repo not sure what to do. My wonderful Github didn’t give me a one-click way to pull updates from the original repository (or any other fork for that matter). I’ll demonstrate how to do [...]
I recently added a couple of new tools to my project workflow, Hoptoad and Pivotal Tracker. Hoptoad is a Rails plugin that acts a replacement for the exception_notifier from the wonderfully talented Thoughbot team (of Paperclip and Shoulda fame). Hoptoad is a hosted solution that keeps track of duplicate bugs, frequency, and resolution. This is [...]
Often times I see something like some_file_bak or image.jpg.old in a repository. Renaming the original to a new file name only makes things more confusing because now the _bak file has no history. Trust you code control and use it as it is intended.
Recently when setting up this blog using Feather, a new blog app written with Merb, I started getting the following error when hitting the home page: undefined method `empty?’ for nil:NilClass Turns out there is a bug is merb-cache (part of merb-more) that is causing the problem. It’s patched in wycatz’ branch so pull down [...]