Posted: September 30th, 2009 | Author: robincurry | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: design, jquery, ruby | Comments Off
Glad to see improvements to Github performance after the Big Move. Hope it continues.
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Posted: September 29th, 2009 | Author: robincurry | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: design, jquery, programming | Comments Off
Duct tape programming turns out to be a sticky meme.
- jwz – that “duct tape” silliness
A “meh” response from the actual “Duct-tape programmer” to which Joel refers.
- Quick Screencasting Using Quicktime X in Mac Snow Leopard
Could be a handy way to make a quick screencast if you don’t want to shell out for more heavy duty software.
- Lazy Load Plugin for jQuery
Images outside of the browser viewport are loaded only when needed.
- Github Migration Architecture
Part 1 in a series of in-depth posts by Github’s migration team regarding their new architecture.
- Microsoft’s grinning robots or the Brotherhood of the Mac. Which is worse?
A self-loathing diatribe mostly about Microsoft and the Windows 7 Parties campaign. Some choice quotes in this one. I liked – “The idea is that you invite a group of friends – your real friends – to your home – your real home – and entertain them with a series of Windows 7 tutorials. So you show them how to burn a CD, how to make a little video, how to change the wallpaper, and how to, oh no, hang on it’s not supposed to do that, oh, I think it’s frozen, um, er, let me just, um, no that’s not it, um, er, um, er, so how’s it going with you and Kathy anyway, um, er, OK well see you around I guess.”
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Posted: September 24th, 2009 | Author: robincurry | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: design | Comments Off
The problem with the Duct Tape Programmer theory is that every programmer that’s too lazy to test or learn design patterns or the other hard stuff in programming thinks *he* is one of these Duct Tape heroes, when really he’s trying to hold his code together with Scotch tape, calling it Duct tape and shipping it.
- The Duct Tape Programmer – Joel on Software
“Duct tape programmers are pragmatic. Zawinski popularized Richard Gabriel’s precept of Worse is Better. A 50%-good solution that people actually have solves more problems and survives longer than a 99% solution that nobody has because it’s in your lab where you’re endlessly polishing the damn thing. Shipping is a feature. A really important feature.”
- The Duct Tape Programmer – Response from Uncle Bob
“Now don’t get me wrong. I’m the “Clean Code” guy. I want your code clean. I don’t want you making a mess. On the other hand, I want you to ship. I don’t want you gilding the lilly. I don’t want you wrapped up in endless polishing. I want you to ship, but I don’t want you to ship sh*t.”
- PRESS RELEASE: 37SIGNALS VALUATION TOPS $100 BILLION AFTER BOLD VC INVESTMENT
“In order to increase the value of the company, 37signals has decided to stop generating revenues. “When it comes to valuation, making money is a real obstacle. Our profitability has been a real drag on our valuation,” said Mr. Fried. “Once you have profits, it’s impossible to just make stuff up.”
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Posted: September 23rd, 2009 | Author: robincurry | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: css, git, iPhone, ruby | 1 Comment »
My 82-year old grandmother is on Facebook and regularly writes and responds to status messages and wall posts. My 2.5 year old daughter can navigate my iPhone to find games she wants to play or look at pictures. These are crazy times.
- prawn – 0.5.1
A new release of Prawn is out. Looks like with the merger of prawn-grid and its advanced CSS 3 support, you have tons of new options for doing grid-based or columnar layouts in your pdfs.
- TweetStream: Ruby Access to the Twitter Streaming API
Ruby gem for receiving data from twitter via push instead of polling.
- Arial versus Helvetica
A cool graphic showing the typographic differences on individual letters between Arial and Helvetica.
Middleware that injects the necessary code snippets into outgoing html response to use Google Chrome Frame.
- Why Stylesheet Abstraction Matters
“CSS is the weakest link in the web developers toolbox. The problem goes deeper than CSS’s lack of variables. Unlike the “function” in programming, CSS has no fundamental building block.”
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Posted: September 22nd, 2009 | Author: robincurry | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: agile, design, email, jquery, ruby, testing | Comments Off
I always enjoy attending the local Ruby user group. It’s the one place in my life where I can really let my geek flag fly and I’m not the biggest geek in the room. At last night’s tulsa.rb meeting we had wide-ranging discussions about such things as Ruby 1.9, Sinatra, Dvorak vs. QWERTY, vim, customizing the irb shell, a comparison of the Ruby, Python, and PHP communities, as well as a truly rousing discussion as to whether or not recycling was a net energy loss or gain and how to harness methane from a landfill. OSIM! (Join us next month if you are in the Tulsa area and want in on the fun)
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Posted: September 17th, 2009 | Author: robincurry | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: git, jquery, ruby | Comments Off
Sigh. Two years ago Textmate was the “HAWT” editor (and not a small part of why I moved to a mac). Now all the “cool kids” are moving to vim. Color me nonplussed.
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Posted: September 15th, 2009 | Author: robincurry | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: css, design, fun, rails, ruby | 2 Comments »
I thought cloud computing was supposed to be the silver bullet for scalability. Now everybody wants to move to “real” servers. Me is confused.
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I meant to get these links out earlier but Kanye interrupted me.
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Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: robincurry | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: jquery, oklahoma, rails, ruby, textmate, tools | Comments Off
Eight years, 2 home address changes, 2 office changes, 4 computers, 3 cars, 1 dog, 1 (and a half) kids, umpteen projects, countless sleepful and sleepless nights later, we still remember. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, but I remember 9/11/2001 like it was yesterday.
- Online innovation going strong in state
Good stuff about the numerous online entrepreneurs/companies that reside or got their start in the great state of Oklahoma – including sites like Ping.fm and twitpic.
- Textmate: Re-Usable Command Basics
Up your Textmate game and dive into this tutorial that shows how to really utilize Textmate and Unix to accomplish some nifty stuff.
- Animate Image Filling Up Using jQuery
Incredibly cool demo. I could see some cool uses for this.
A Rails plugin that adds uptime monitoring to your application. Came across this yesterday – looks interesting. More info here.
- To self. or not to self.
The author discusses the merits of prefixing ruby public instance method calls with self. I tend to agree with his conclusion, but suppose I could be persuaded that it adds more noise than value.
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Posted: September 10th, 2009 | Author: robincurry | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: design | Comments Off
Love the minimalistic color scheme and style, and especially like the use of the accordion to display the portfolio of selected work. Also, note the subtle black border around the entire page, with a slight shadow over the red box. Very nice touch.
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