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


Now That I’m Using Mephisto…

It's nice to see this Mephisto Theme Gallery (via HappyCodr)

Another Database Manager

Lightning Admin for Postgresql and MySQL gives you a tabbed workspace for two of the major open source databases. Looks interesting, and $19.99 is a reasonable price, but I'm trying not to install any more Windows-only applications these days.

It’s Always Something

This morning I had to hunt down Copying a MySQL Database From One Machine to Another in the course of moving a Rails app from a development server to a production server, as I didn't feel like re-entering a bunch of data (and I hadn't used data migrations to put the data in the database in the first place).

This just goes to remind me of two things about this career transition:

  1. There are a zillion things that I know how to do in the Microsoft universe (like copying databases from one server to another) that I need to relearn as I move sideways to a world of other software. This is a cost above and beyond whatever I spend on new hardware and software and directly learning my new core competency.

  2. Fortunately, it's all out on the net somewhere, and I'm darned good at hunting things down quickly.


Making Apache Share

Name-based Virtual Host Support is another piece of the puzzle that I'm going to need in the near future - making Apache serve two Web sites from the same server. Hopefully figuring out how to use Mongrel behind the scenes with both sites won't make it much more difficult.

New Software

As you've probably noticed, things have changed around here. I've migrated the site from ozimodo to Mephisto . While the new software does look much spiffier, the main driver for this was simple: Mephisto supports comments out of the box. I've been getting a rather surprising (to me, at least) amount of e-mail over my postings on this site. Now you folks can play along right here and everyone can benefit from the back-and-forth. At least, that's the plan.