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Rails Day on O'Reillys Radar!

Posted by Wed, 04 May 2005 01:54:33 GMT

Rael, CTO of O’Reilly (who also resides here in Portland) posted about Rails Day on O’Reilly Radar.

You have just over a month to prepare!

I will not be participating however. I have enough on my plate right now to keep me occupied. I am really looking forward to seeing what people are able to come up with in the 24 hours they are given.

Should be pretty interesting!

(gets back to work…)

The Pragmatic Programmer

Posted by Mon, 02 May 2005 22:34:34 GMT

This weekend, I purchased The Pragmatic Programmer online. I have been meaning to pick this one up for a while and finally managed to head to over to the site to order it.

I have been trying to get myself away from looking at just programming in a specific language books and trying to expose myself to books that discuss real-world scenarios… rather than the typical programming language book. Looking forward to catching up on a lot of books that I have yet to read.

Suggestions are always welcome!

DHH discusses why designers are excited about Rails

Posted by Sun, 01 May 2005 19:09:32 GMT

David posted a short entry on his blog about how he feels that, “Rails is the middle ground for a lot of interesting interactions between designers and programmers.”

He also wrote, “Working on the same code base and sharing the same tools is an empowering environment that unifies the team and breaks down barriers between professions. It’s in that mold where magic happens.”

I commented on his entry about this and was thinking a bit more about this. I am curious, how many developers out there who work with a designer, utilize the same tools to complete their project? At PLANET ARGON, the designer (Allison) and the main developer (me) work on projects with the same tools. She has quickly grown to appreciate KDevelop for all her html/css development. We both utilize CVS and Subversion (depending on if it’s an older app that we worked on or not). The first time she started to use this was at the initial stages of working on pgCart, our PHP/PostgreSQL shopping cart application. She came on board a few months into the development and was able to produce a new admin interface layout in a few days. Ever since we both began using the same tools, we have been able to produce results much quicker (and Rails is definitely increasing our productivity even more…). As Smarty was one of the first templating engines that she began working with in this environment, the move to Rails has been a very low learning curve.

As a team, this makes a lot of sense to working on the same project at the same time.

So, I am curious and have a question for all of you development/designer teams. Do you utilize the same tools during the lifespan of your projects? Does your designer utilize version control?

Using Hieraki

Posted by Sun, 01 May 2005 10:15:36 GMT

It was hard to resist the desire to utilize a Rails application during the process of working on my book. I got Hieraki installed the other day and copied over a lot of the work that I have been doing in another program, and am now using Hieraki for a lot of my first draft writing. As it’s fairly flexible and I can access it just about any where through our vpn at Planet Argon.

O’Reilly provides a fancy MS Word template… with a fancy toolbar specific to their formating style. However, I don’t want to sit in front of my laptop to work and working in Word just isn’t my ideal scenario. So, I am doing most of my work in Hieraki first and then transferring it to Word and formating it to their style. (no, the template doesn’t work in OOo…sigh)

The reason that I like Hieraki is that it is allows me to get content into the system really quickly. I was considering a wiki for all my research work, but Hieraki seems to be doing exactly what I needed.

Thanks to Tobias for (yet another) great tool!

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