- Introducing the Google Chrome OS - Reality check: would the tech punderati be so excited if anyone else had announced a new Linux distribution? No? Next!
- Buzzbird 0.4 - Open source Twitter client that's reached the point of being usable.
- Next Steps for Ruby Gender Balance - The SF Ruby community is doing good work in bringing more women to ruby.
- SlickMap CSS - Stylesheet for sexy display of web site navigation.
A Fresh Cup
Notes on Rails and other development
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 11:00PM
A bit sad to watch people get all excited over vaporware. We never learn, do we?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 11:56PM
My schedule is not full, by the way, in case you need an extra hand to drive a Rails project to a successful conclusion.
- old_yeller - Dead code detection for Rails apps, though I'm a bit skeptical about the approach.
- RubyInstaller: Getting Started with Rails and MySQL - Quickstart instructions for Windows users.
- July/August Ruby workshop registration open! - Free Ruby workshop for women in the SF area.
- Hoptoad: same great taste, all new design - Revised UI for this exception-tracking application.
- Recent growing problems - Nice bit of corporate transparency as Exceptional discusses some outages they had the past few days.
- The Agile Process Maturity Model (APMM) - I wish this were a joke.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 12:23AM
Are there more scammers in the world thanks to the net, or do they just have more reach?
- Built For Speed: Using Amazon CloudFront To Serve Assets - How to move Paperclip (or whatever) to a CDN.
- 8 tips for testing Rails apps with Cucumber - Some notes on speeding things up and making effective use of the tool.
- Gibbler - Git-like hashes, history, reversion for Ruby objects. Wacky.
- Haml/Sass 2.2 Released - The next step in these popular tools for writing the UI.
Monday, July 6, 2009 at 1:02AM
Had a modestly productive weekend, in between explosions and shrapnel.
- babelphish - Automatic YML file translation using Google Translate, for when you just need quick-and-dirty localization.
- Accessible Rails Apps - Images and Alternative Text - More advice from Brian Hogan.
- Elements of Testing Style - Noel Rappin has some suggestions on writing better tests.
- Rails Magazine #3 - The free version is available now.
- Basics: Why every rails dev should track 404 pages - Some good advice.
- Parkaby - Faster Markaby-flavored markup language.
- Beet - Thor-based modular alternative to Rails templates.
- aegis - Easy-looking role-based permissions for user models. Looks like it doesn't support multiple roles per user though.
- Rails admin interface roundup - Sarah Allen looks at ActiveScaffold and alternatives (and settles on Typus).
- dry_scaffold - A flexible scaffold generator with multiple options.
- Ripper2Ruby: modify and recompile your Ruby code - New way to parse and generate Ruby with Ruby.
Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 11:50PM
Lots going on in the Rails repository lately; I smell another release soon. (And no, I don't have insider information at this point).
- Serna Free Open Source XML Editor - Available for Windows, Linux, and OS X.
- Getting Started with ActiveScaffold - A basic introduction.
- Testing Practices Interview 7: Mike Gunderloy - Noel Rappin invited me to opine, so I did.
- by_star - ActiveRecord extension to find objects given date objects or pieces of dates. Supports searching by year, month, week, between, and more.
- Modernizr - Tool to detect support for HTML 5 and CSS 3 features so you can use them conditionally.
- Rescuing Your Ruby on Rails Projects - Another interview with me, this one in InfoQ.
- sitemap_generator-plugin - Tool for building Google sitemaps in Rails applications via rake.