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.

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Notes on Rails and other development

Friday
Jan192007

A Kindred Spirit

There's that old saying about being able to recognize the pioneers because they're the ones with the arrows in their backs. So it was nice to wake up this morning and read Maybe it’s time to try something new, or maybe it’s the drugs over on Jon Rowett's blog, and see someone else joining the ferment of discontent that I'm a part of. I wouldn't say that any huge part of the .NET community is jumping ship, but it's nice to not be all alone in exploring.
Thursday
Jan182007

Useful Web Resource

Wednesday
Jan172007

Progress Report

With the arrival of the new monitor the hardware buying binge is complete. Now I've settled in for some more serious development. I spent a couple of hours yesterday working with Rails on the Mac, poking along at my first "real" (as opposed to tutorial) application. I'm not ready to announce it yet, but hopefully I'll have something to show off within a week or two.

Rails development continues to agree with me. Lots to learn but the pieces fit together in a sensible manner.

I'm proceeding up the Mac learning curve reasonably well, with pauses to try to hunt down tools and utilities I need. There's not nearly as many choices on the Mac side as on the Windows side, but I knew that going in. Perhaps that will translate to market opportunity for me at some point.

A reader wrote to ask how many hours a day my personal "20% time" comes to. I've been allocating not less than an hour a day to this effort. Now that I have the dev environment set up, I expect to up that to two hours most days. As the year goes on and I transition into whatever my new career turns out to be, hopefully that will grow.
Tuesday
Jan162007

Cool Tool

Piston lets you have your cake and eat it too by making it easy to manage bits of external Subversion repositories in your local repository.
Tuesday
Jan162007

Bookmarked for my own Future use

Exception Notifier Plugin for Rails can send e-mail on any exception in a running app.