A Fresh Cup is Mike Gunderloy's software development weblog, covering Ruby on Rails and whatever else I find interesting in the universe of software. I'm a full-time Rails developer and contributor, available for long- or short-term consulting, with solid experience in working as part of a distributed team. If you'd like to hire me, drop me a line. I'm also the author of Rails Rescue Handbook and Rails Freelancing Handbook.


A Fresh Cup

Notes on Rails and other development


Double Shot #514

The 1.0 release of Rails Freelancing Handbook is out. Head over to the site to pick up your copy if you're registered, or to find out how to buy one if you haven't already.


Double Shot #513

Spent too much time yesterday fighting with code. Hope to spend more time writing it instead today.


Double Shot #512

Lots of people are excited about Rails and 37Signals being mentioned in Microsoft's annual Form 10-K. I think that's just silly. This isn't any sort of acknowledgement that Microsoft considers us a serious threat; it's a "cover your ass" survey of software and firms whose business overlaps that of Microsoft. For some perspective, go look at other 10-K's; for example, the one for McDonald's says "The Company’s competition in the broadest perspective includes restaurants, quick-service eating establishments, pizza parlors, coffee shops, street vendors, convenience food stores, delicatessens and supermarkets." So, yeah - McDonald's:street vendor::Microsoft:37 Signals. That'd be about right.

  • NoSQL: If Only It Was That Easy - Look at some of the currently-sexy database alternatives by someone who actually evaluated at heavy load.

  • Deployment Script Spring Cleaning - New ideas on using Capistrano with git, from the GitHub guys.

  • Napkee - Convert Balsamiq Mockups to HTML/CSS/JSS/Flex 3 source.

  • Lone Star Ruby Conference - One more week for registration for this Texas conference at the end of the month.

  • Cerberus 0.7 - Lightweight continuous integration, now with Bazaar support and better Git support.

  • RailsBridge BugMash - Contribute to the Rails core - Just a reminder: it's coming up this weekend.

  • complex-form-examples - Ryan Bates takes a shot at showing ways to manage forms with nested attributes.

  • va_cache - Simple caching for Active Record virtual attributes.
  • Tuesday

    Double Shot #511

    On the whole, I'm happy I picked Rails to switch to a few years ago.


    Double Shot #510

    I hope a lot of you are planning to participate in the Rails BugMash - it's shaping up to be a lot of fun.