And yes, I know this has no statistical validity at all - likely it represents more the coverage depth decisions made by individual authors and editors more than anything else. Still fun.
224 Ruby 240 UML 352 Rails 384 PHP 576 MySQL 576 Cocoa 592 SQL 624 C 720 XML 742 Python 768 Perl 768 VB.NET 816 C++ 832 Web design 944 Linux 1046 C# 1264 Java
A Fresh Cup
Notes on Rails and other development
Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 7:40AM
Last week Philip Hallstrom posted Ruby in a Nutshell... offering a quick visual comparison of four of O'Reilly's books and dramatically illustrating how much simpler Ruby is than Java. Inspired by this, I just spent a few minutes poking around the O'Reilly web site to construct what we might call the "Nutshell Index": how many pages it takes to cover the essentials of a language or technology. Without further ado:
Friday, November 13, 2009 at 2:43AM
Rails remains fun to work with, at least for me. How about you?
- Programming Contest! And the Challenge is…Measure Rails Momentum - Another rather silly content from Engine Yard.
- PlainView - DSL to add views to your Rails migrations.
- construct_sql - Little hack to use Rails' SQL building tool from within script/console.
- Hashie: The Hash Toolkit - Create objects that are more than a struct but lighter than an ActiveRecord instance.
Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 3:36AM
Somehow I didn't surf across too much yesterday. Distracted, I guess.
- slideViewerPro - Nice looking jQuery plugin image gallery engine.
- Purchase additional storage - In case you have a lot of stuff hanging around and nowhere to put it, Google will sell you 16TB of storage for $4096 per year. I find this amusing.
- Ninja testing your Rails Plugins - Extended tutorial from Elad.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 3:15AM
I've had better weeks. But there's always fun code to look at:
- Time To Blog - Rails Developer John Lannon writes about being shot. If that doesn't make you feel lucky, nothing will.
- Consuming XMPP PubSub in Ruby - Worked example of some of the latest buzziness in action.
- rails_best_practices - Gem to provide some code-quality checking of Rails applications.
- NoSQL Ecosystem - Some guidance as to what's out there, and a useful introduction to how the various products differ from one another.
- RubyInstaller Release Candidate 1 - New alternative for getting Ruby 1.8 or 1.9 up on Windows. UserTesting.com - Usability testing over the net at $29 per user on the panel.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 2:58AM
Still slowly rearranging stuff around here. I think all the content is in the new system.
- Meet jQuery - The PeepCode screencast tackles jQuery. A good intro if you need to get the lay of the land and see how to use and extend jQuery.
- Django vs Rails - One startup explains why they made the decision they did. Good high-level comparison.