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 software developer: most of my time in recent years has been spent writing Rails, though I've dabbled in many other things and like most people who have been writing code for decades I can learn new stuff as needed.

Currently I'm unemployed and starting to look around for my next opportunity as a senior manager, team lead, or lead developer. Drop me a comment if you're interested or email MikeG1 [at] larkfarm.com.


A Fresh Cup

Notes on Rails and other development


Double Shot #615

Last doctor's appointment of 2009. I hope.
  • Open Source Obligations - Best response I've seen to this week's tempest in a teapot (not that I've looked very hard). "What part of FREE don't you understand?"
  • serve - Wrapper for WEBrick that can also handle Haml, Sass, Textile, Markdown, and ERB as well as HTML.
  • The Master, The Expert, The Programmer - Zed Shaw ruminates on the difference between masters and experts and how this plays out in programming. The people who should take this to heart won't.

Double Shot #614

2009 is still determined to grind me down and spit me out.
  • AJAX Upload - Looks like a nifty javascript way to handle multiple uploads with styled UI.
  • jQuery Tools - Another UI library for jQuery, this one including tabs, tooltips, scrollable galleries, and other goodies.
  • CloudSplit - Cost monitoring for your cloud computing. Currently in private beta.
  • Story Card Faster Than The Speed Of Pivotal Tracker - Slurper exists to bulk upload stories to PT.
  • template_inliner - Works as advertised to cut down rendering time on Rails views that call a lot of partials.

Double Shot #613

Last week of the year. This one can't end soon enough for me.
  • Blueprints 0.4.0 - Another replacement for factories and fixtures with some nice syntactic sugar.
  • Ruby 1.8.7-p248 released - Can't really tell how significant this is because reading Ruby's own changelogs is a mystery to me.
  • holidays - Gem to extend the Ruby date class to make it holiday aware. Works well, once you figure out you have to require the individual holiday support for whatever region you're interested in.
  • CoffeeScript - Rubyish language that compiles down to JavaScript.
  • RMSforms - CSS styling framework especially for forms.
  • formtastic-sass - Sass mixins to style formtastic forms. If only I liked sass.
  • MySQL and Postgres command equivalents (mysql vs psql) - Handy if you switch back and forth.
  • email-spec - Matchers and steps for testing email with RSpec and Cucumber.
  • rspec-integration - A mind meld between regular Rails integration tests and RSpec. So far I like this much better than Cucumber.

Double Shot #612

Going from frequent releases to a year without anything stable enough to use is not a sign of success. Oh well. I'm taking tomorrow off. See you on Monday.

Double Shot #611

Know what day it is? Nope, not 2 days before Christmas: it's the 1-year anniversary of the announcement of the Rails and Merb merger! It's a good thing we don't need Rails 3 to build good web applications.