A Fresh Cup
Notes on Rails and other development
Monday, September 14, 2009 at 10:43PM
Monday, September 14, 2009 at 12:39AM
Busy weekend, busier week coming. Hopefully this means I'm headed back towards the "feast" part of consulting.
- Static: a super simple Rails CMS for Heroku - Just about as simple as simple can be. Looks like the next step up from something like Staticmatic for brochure sites.
- Engine Yard And GitHub Transition - Let's hope this doesn't turn into a messy divorce.
- Tracking Down Slow-Running Examples in RSpec - I didn't know RSpec had a built-in profiler. Until now.
- Top 10+ Things .NET Developers Should Know About Ruby - Slide show from Jeff Cohen.
- New Features of Test Unit 2.x - I think it's worth upgrading, but there can be issues. This gist in a Rails project will make it work whether you have 2.0 on the testing machine or not (which is useful when you share the code with other developers).
- coulda - New take on BDD, inspired by Cucumber but with good old methods instead of fancy regex matching.
- Using Facebooker to make a Rails site with Facebook Connect - Best quick intro I've found, though there's plenty of other info out there.
- Find where to index your tables on a Rails app - Elad Meidar is working on solving this via static codel analysis.
- Statsample - Statistical library for Ruby.
- foreigner - Pretty slick schema and migration support for foreign keys in Rails.
- testicles - Yet another testing framework for Ruby.
Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 11:30PM
This would be a good day to ship some code, wouldn't it?
- Testing with IE6, IE7 and IE8 on VirtualBox - If you must pollute your dev box with IE images here's one way to do it.
- gold - Workflow script for git with a notion of review.
- AutomateIt - Another alternative for ruby-based server configuration.
- CodePlex Foundation - Microsoft has launched an open source foundation to do...something. Some of the people involved are good folks, but I must admit I still view this effort with nothing but suspicion. Yeah, they kicked in a million bucks, but so what? That's like me donating the change from my couch.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 11:10PM
Small child is back on early waking cycle, so you get an early cup.
- Increase Firefox 3.* Performance by Optimizing the SQLite Databases [Windows, Linux and Mac OSX] - Probably of marginal use unless you're a really heavy user.
- auth_helpers - Extra code modules for authlogic to save you from writing the common bits like password resets yourself.
- websolr - Private beta, but you can guess from the name what it does.
- Reddit on Digg's move to Cassandra - Proof that the wisdom of crowds isn't.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 12:59AM
Just a few links to get you through this midweek day.
- How to avoid the dog-pile effect on your Rails app - How to make your cache use a bit smarter on heavily-trafficked apps.
- Cheezburger API Overview - How come none of my clients ever want APIs like this implemented?
- plog - Another analyzer for your Rails production logs.