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woah, i got a squatter fan

Posted by Thu, 01 Dec 2005 00:54:00 GMT

Jeremy came across the following domain today:

Apparently… my blog domain is squatter-worthy!

I feel special… whois info

Localization with Rails and PostgreSQL, part 1

Posted by Wed, 30 Nov 2005 17:36:00 GMT

1 comment Latest by Wed, 28 Jun 2006 03:43:44 GMT

One of the client projects that PLANET ARGON is working on requires that it work in about 20 different languages. Jeremy has been investigating different plugins for Rails to help us accomplish this. He came across Globalize.

Globalize is a Ruby on Rails plugin designed to support multilingual applications. It’s under the MIT License, same as Ruby on Rails.

Locale.set( 'en-US' )
d = Diet.find( 1 ) -> "Vegetarian"

... we want to pull back the German version. No, it doesn’t translate it for you.. just pulls back another version of the object with the desired locale.

Locale.set( 'de-DE' )
d = Diet.find( 1 ) -> "Vegetarier"

Pretty cool, right?

Well, we’re primarily working with PostgreSQL and the Globalize plugin didn’t pass tests with it. That’s now fixed as I found out from Jeremy that he was given COMMIT rights to the Globalize plugin and it now passes all tests against PostgreSQL!

We’ll keep you updated on how well it works as we dig deeper into using it. :-)

Rails is keeping us busy and a book recommendation

Posted by Wed, 30 Nov 2005 14:51:00 GMT

I’ve been so damn busy… and I have been neglecting this blog. Forgive me!

During my few trips to San Francisco and back to Portland in the past few weeks, I had a chance to pick-up and read a copy of, The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki. It was recommended by Al Hulaton, someone who I bounce business ideas and stories with on an almost daily basis…he is working on getting a blog up!

The book was a fairly quick read and had a fair amount of useful anecdotes… which seem relevant to those bootstrapping a brand new product… or to those just working on expanding their business, recruiting people, and managing the expectations of clients. I’ll probably post some other entries related to specific pieces of the book in the near future.

If you’re anyone…starting anything... it’s worth the read.

December will be the biggest month that PLANET ARGON has seen since it’s inception. Our team will be growing, we will be sharing stories, things will expand, I will turn 26 (Dec 5th), and we will have tons of fun! Our Rails development work is keeping us insanely busy. :-)

If you haven’t noticed… we’ve been adding pictures to our Flickr page.

...stay tuned for more details.

Try Ruby

Posted by Tue, 29 Nov 2005 14:18:00 GMT

I was lucky enough to see this when it was in the alpha-beta-try-that-again stage.

Try Ruby

That’s right… _why has done it again. You might know him as that d00d who made hoodwink.d or that weird0 who made that poignant guide.

Have friends who are skeptical of Ruby??? tell them to… Try Ruby.

Have your parents had a chance to try ruby?

Maybe that weird uncle of yours needs to try ruby.

That guy who sneezed on you on the bus ride… tell him to try ruby.

I’m might get some stickers printed and litter Portland with Try Ruby stickers…

...the revolution begins… (again)

Refactoring and the Pacific Ocean

Posted by Tue, 22 Nov 2005 11:59:00 GMT

I am currently sitting in a hotel about 40 miles north of San Francisco. One more day on-site and then I fly home to Portland, so I can drive to Seattle for a day of rest. I might be back down here in a week or so.

I took a photo of the luggage of Jeremy... it was too funny to pass up.

Jeremy Refactors Luggage

He takes great pride in his packing… just like he does with the code that he designs. It was great that we fit in a few minutes for him to take his first real look at the Pacific Ocean.

jvoorhis sees the Pacific

I’ve been meaning to post those… so there you have them. :-)

Back in Portland... back to San Francisco

Posted by Sun, 20 Nov 2005 15:33:00 GMT

Last night, Jeremy and I got back to Portland after an intense but enjoyable rails consulting project. I’m flying back down there either later tonight or tomorrow AM to work for a few more days on-site.

Yesterday, we got to meet Deirdre Saoirse Moen and Steve Enzer on Haight St at a Wifi-friendly Coffee shop. It was nice to get to meet some bayarea rubyists. :-)

I’ll post some photos on our PLANET ARGON flickr page later…but I must go run a few errands first and we have another meeting with one of our other clients this afternoon. (then I fly back…)

I’m looking forward to sharing some of things that we’ve been learning over the past few days. I can’t discuss much about the clients business (at the moment), but we know from first hand that Ruby on Rails is being used in a fairly large production facility. At any moment 30-40 people are using a few internal Rails applications to manage the production of their business. It’s quite impressive. I’m talking… Barcodes <=> Rails. :-)

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