Jumble of thoughts about Ruby and programming

I really like the Ruby language. I like it for its syntax and its idioms and the programming culture. Recently I’ve been thinking about the things that I don’t like about the language. It’ s a relatively short list. Ruby: some things I don’t like about you The slow speed. It really is bad, but we …

Helpful commands

As a follow-up to my last post here are some commands that I use throughout the day. They are admittedly nothing special but they help me out. .bashrc aliases: alias grc=’git rebase –continue’ alias gca=’git commit -a –amend’ alias gs=’git status -sb’ alias gd=’git diff’ alias gsn=’git show –name-only’alias grc=’git rebase –continue’ alias gca=’git commit -a …

Non-Rails Autotest + RSpec + LibNotify + Linux

Update: The information below is VERY outdated. Take a look at new instructions for getting this set up. Each of those terms actually means something! If you don’t know what any one of those terms means, then you probably won’t enjoy this post. It’s surprising that something so cool and so central to the Ruby …

Rails and Ext non-Ajax Signup Form with Password Confirmation

This is, uh, a technical post. Probably there are others who want to do the same somewhat senseless thing: use Ext to do form validation while keeping a boring non-Ajax post-and-response. The bottom line is that Ext favors doing it the Ajax way, and the Ajax way isn’t that hard to set up with Rails …

Setup for Alexandria Development: Part II

(…after too much grief today installing Mephisto and mucking with Apache virtualhosts; I’ll get Part I back from the ether eventually) Update: Done. Update: This is a post moved over from the short-lived Mephisto blog, and ported back in time. First of all, the alexandria binary is just a ruby script that does a require …