I can’t remember the first time I used Vi or Vim. What I do remember is an old colleague espousing its virtues and after being wowed by the power of Vim macros I knew it was time to switch (I
Typically the sites I work on have a traditional single Staging server, and a single Production server. Recently I’ve been working on a client project where we needed the same database schema (and subsequent migrations) deployed to multiple target servers.
Being a freelancer I get to work on several projects at a time. When I started out this sometimes mean’t juggling several projects in a single day, but for my sanity’s sake I moved over a single project per day
One of my long-term client projects involves frequent data migrations (as opposed to the classical schema migrations one typically runs). Up until recently I’ve been creating standalone rake tasks to perform the data migrations and executing them manually when deploying
After a gap of almost six years I’ve been grabbed by the sudden urge to start doing some Cocoa development again. Rather than get my old battered copy of Hillegass’ seminal Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X out of some
Many moons ago (well, late 2006) I wrote my first Rails application, a dinky little GTD app named ZenLists. Now, I haven’t given the app much though for the last eighteen months, and the shocking confession is I don’t even
Having just completed my first mISV product, I’m already starting to think about potential new projects. Despite Datafeed Studio being written in PHP, it is fair to say it is not my programming language of choice. Datafeed Studio is a
Now that the first release candidate of Rails 2.0 has been announced, what better time to check if your existing Rails app might need some TLC before the upgrade? Enter r2check, a small tool which does some regular expression searches
How to use the Selenium test tool for functional testing of a Ruby on Rails and Ajax application. Link : Automate acceptance tests with Selenium Definitely one to add to every web developers toolbox in 2006.
James Duncan Davidson has published an excellent essary detailing Rails deployment issues. Jam-packed with practical tips. * Should I use CGI or FastCGI? * Should I use lighty or Apache httpd? * If Apache, which freaking version? * And how