Posts tagged Ruby

This is a semi-active blog. Once I write a post, I usually never update them. If you will read through some of these and try to follow them, please do so at your own risk. Technology changes quickly. Established languages are not as cool as they used to be. Some tutorials written several years ago may no longer work and do not reflect present day best practices.

Why are Spreadsheet Applications Still Better Than Personal Finance Applications?

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I spent about 4 hours yesterday trying to get back to basic finance and tracking my own cash flows. It's trite to do these kind of things but it's necessary. I once handled book of accounts of our business and it was frustrating in several different ways. However it was simple - it was a spreadsheet that showed cash inflows and outflows and a record of all our inventory. I have reason to believe that spreadsheet applications (Excel or its open source alternatives) are better than using “simply inefficient” applications that never seem to meet your needs.

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How to Install RVM and Rails 3 on Snow Leopard

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Snow Leopard includes Ruby and Rails by default if you install XCode. The version is 1.8.7 and 2.2.2 for each, respectively. This would not suffice for most developers because we need to start porting to Ruby 1.9 and start experimenting with Rails 3. The goal is to just keep moving forward and use the best version that exists.

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Installing Ruby Gems on Dreamhost

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I wouldn't recommend it to people with budget and have little patience. You can go for Heroku, Slicehost and Linode. I've tried Linode and it's a very good option for advanced users, a.k.a, Unix nerds. Clients have used Slicehost and other VPS hosts. Point is, VPS rules. Dreamhost has it PS plans but if you are serious about business go for the so-called cloud services offered by Rackspace. (And just an F.Y.I, Rackspace also owns Slicehost).

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Viral Apps in Rails

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I am not a computer science graduate but probably feel more confident than most due to my experience working for several people with different nationalities and personalities. In retrospect, I would have not chosen Computer Science as my major even if I knew that 6 years later, it would be my job to do web applications. I would have chosen either Commerce (which I did finish) or Psychology. Why Psychology? If you understand people and organizations, you win. And I think I see a lot of companies who are really good at making apps that attempt to understand people including the company that just hired me (Thank you very much to the project manager and CEO for considering me for the job).

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Using Ruby for System Administration

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System Administration is a specialization in the I.T industry. These are people who handle the "dirty stuff." Some call them janitors while some call them "gods." Regardless of these perceptions, I think they play a very important role in the industry. They are not doing low-level stuff for sure. They do not care about cross-browser compatibility or making that wretched star blink in flash but they handle things that could probably matter more than you could imagine like working with enterprise data, network monitoring and handling server security. Of course, in small consulting-type companies, they are not even sought.

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Hello, Sinatra

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My post earlier was about porting my blog to Adva CMS. It has a lot of really nice features that I don't need. I actually don't need translation feature for my blog. I don't even need Wordpress. And not even Rails for my purpose. I am venturing into Ruby development, not Rails development. After some digging on Github, I came across "Scanty," a very simple blog application that's nearly nothing. It's up to the developer to extend, hack and modify everything as needed. It was built on Sinatra Framework, yet a another framework for building Ruby apps. Sinatra does not have too many built-in helpers that come with Rails but it does have everything you need to build a web application. The RSpec framework (for Behaviour-driven development) for instance can still be used with Sinatra. RSpec is framework-agnostic and there are several ruby gems out there that are not Rails-centric.

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Hello! I am Kat. I've been a developer for several years. When I'm not sitting down, reading and working for long hours, I am traveling to some place of interest.
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