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


Starting Fresh

A clean slate, Edge Rails recipe is a useful set of instructions for getting a new Rails app set up for development with Edge Rails. I'm happy to see that I've gotten far enough along to understand which parts of it I can change for my own environment and preferences, too.

First Impressions

Well, the new Mac is here and happily chugging along. I haven't started coding on it yet, though I have installed a batch of software. A few initial thoughts:

  • It sure is purty, in an industrial design sort of way. But I suspect it could have been $50 cheaper if the case wasn't so overdesigned, and the keyboard and mouse frankly suck as far as I'm concerned (your ergonomic preferences may vary of course). I'm almost certainly going to pitch the Mighty Mouse in favor of a decent trackball. Unfortunately Unicomp doesn't make a Mac keyboard, so I don't know what I'm going to do in that department.

  • OS X is reasonably easy to transition to, but I was surprised at the lack of any obvious "start here" introduction for new users. People who say it's intuitive are full of poop (just like the people who say the same thing about Windows).

  • Some things, like getting hooked up to the Internet via my wireless access point, did indeed just work. But they just work in Windows these days too.

  • James Duncan Davidson's Guide for Installing Rails on Mac worked perfectly after I tracked down one broken link.

Much more to come, I'm sure.

Out of the Mouths of Toddlers

Daddy, someone took a bite out of your new computer.

- Thomas Gunderloy

Rails on the Mac


Ruby Refactoring Book

Refactoring, Ruby Edition is the permanent home for the book project I mentioned a couple of days ago.