Meditations on programming, startups, and technology

Finally on Twitter

While I’ve been aware of Twitter since it began, I never took the leap until now. To start with, I’m not narcissistic enough to think that small snippets of my personal life interest anyone but a few close friends. I also try to rebel in the face of the information overload we live in, attempting to get rid of the continuous sources of distraction, and dislike the idea of immediate gratification at all...

This Week in Ruby (April 28, 2008)

This is the 5th episode of This Week in Ruby, please consider subscribing to my feed so as to not miss any weekly installments. Rails For some, the greatest Rails news this week was the announcement of a third edition of the Agile Web Development with Rails book. It’s currently in beta and will be finished by October, much to the anticipation of many, I’m sure. Another interesting development, this time...

Agile Web Development with Rails, Third Edition

The Pragmatic Programmers have announced the beta release of Agile Web Development with Rails, Third Edition. The final version of the book, updated to Rails 2, is scheduled to be released for October 2008. Even if the style of the tutorial is not everyone’s cup of tea, this is good news and they surely picked a great author in my fellow IBM colleague Sam Ruby. Quoting myself from three weeks ago: I think that...

This Week in Ruby (April 21, 2008)

This is the 4th episode of This Week in Ruby, please consider subscribing to my feed so as to not miss any weekly installments. Ruby As you’ve probably heard by now, this week Ruby 1.8.7-preview1 was released and it’s a major upgrade because it includes several backports from Ruby 1.9. It should help many in this transitionary period without substantially breaking the existing code. On the subject of...

Is the Enterprise world Rails ready?

When searching the web for the words “Rails” and “Enterprise” you’ll find countless discussions about whether Rails is Enterprise ready. Some argue that it is, especially thanks to the extendibility offered by its plugin support, while others claim that realistically it’s not. “Is Rails Enterprise ready?” is the wrong question, I’d rather ask if the Enterprise...

On the value of conciseness

Lately I’ve been thinking about the length of my blog posts. I humbly assume that they’re somewhat interesting to my readers, given the numerical growth of my audience, but almost each of the articles is a long essay or analysis that takes up a fair deal of time for both me and you. I believe that this prolixity is often entirely worth it, just as I don’t mind investing time in reading essays by...

This Week in Ruby (April 14, 2008)

This is the third episode of This Week in Ruby, please consider subscribing to my feed in order not to miss any weekly installments. Phusion Passenger This week there were a few announcements that will change the history of Ruby. The first of them was the release of Phusion Passenger. For those who spent the last three weeks in a cave, Passenger is the name of mod_rails for Apache and, at the moment, it’s the...

On The Last Lecture

Starting today, Amazon will be shipping the hardcover version of “The Last Lecture”, by Prof. Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow. While I wait for my copy to arrive, I feel the need to express a few thoughts on the subject of this book. Over the past several months I’ve been following closely Randy’s story and was often tempted to write a few lines about his touching message and courageous...

This Week in Ruby (April 7, 2008)

The first edition of This Week in Ruby received a warm welcome from the community. A week later, here we are with a second installment of the series. I’ll attempt to repeat these posts approximately every week, so feel free to follow along by subscribing to my feed. The Ruby community is a tremendously active one. In only seven days, there have been so many noteworthy items popping up, that it would take me hours...

7 soon to be released Ruby and Rails books

With the amount of good Ruby and Rails books already on the market, you’d think 2008 would be a shy year when it comes to publishing new titles, but nothing could be further from the truth. The following books are all to be released this month or in May, and there are many more coming out this summer. Do we really need another 7 titles on the market within 2 months time? Interestingly, the answer is yes, for...

Announcing Ruby on Crack

After several months of keeping it under wraps, I’m happy to officially announce my own web framework to the world. It’s called Ruby on Crack and will be released by RailsConf 2008. The name of the framework was chosen because I wanted to push the idea of a complete break from the existing Ruby frameworks, a clear cut, if you will. Rails is great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s very...

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