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Ruby on Rails Podcast #83: Uncut: Martin Sadler

October 6, 2009 at 10:45PM • 8 minutes

This episode was originally published on October 6, 2007.

Martin Sadler of Working with Rails.

Hosted by Brittany Martin.

Ruby on Rails Podcast #84: Uncut: James Cox

October 6, 2009 at 10:45PM • 6 minutes

This episode was originally published on October 6, 2007.

A chat with James Cox after the Future of Web Apps conference in London.

Hosted by Brittany Martin.

Ruby on Rails Podcast #82: Uncut: Rob McKinnon

October 6, 2009 at 10:30PM • 9 minutes

This episode was originally published on October 6, 2007.

Rob Mckinnon talks about keeping citizens informed and politicians honest with They Work for You.

See also:

Hosted by Brittany Martin.

EE Podcast #2: EE Roadshow Wrap-up and Developer Tools

October 6, 2009 at 8:16AM

In episode two, Ryan and Dan discuss feedback on the first episode, the EE Roadshow conference, which took place last Friday in Seattle and some useful developer tools. Also, don't miss Ryan quizzing Dan on EE trivia.

Links for this episode:

  • "EE Roadshow": 2009 in Seattle. Ryan spoke at the conference this past Friday and details about the talks and some slides (not yet posted) are available on the EE Roadshow website.
  • Coming up later this month is "EECI 2009": in Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • "Read Ryan's EE Roadshow Wrap-up post on EE Insider":
  • "Viget Labs lists some of their favorite EE tools": You might know some of these but maybe there's a new one on the list to try out.
  • Useful Add-on: "ER Developer Toolbar": Erik Reagan put together a plugin that displays quick links to oft-used preferences and configuration screens in the Control Panel. You place the plugin tag in your front-end templates for easy access.
  • "SL Developer Info": All of your settings and other EE information in one place. With this extensions you get quick links to everything you need to build an EE site. Very, very handy.
  • "LG Add Sitename": Not only does it display the site name in the top left of the Control Panel, but it optionally displays server time information. Great for debugging issues with entries not appearing when you think they should.
  • "EE Database Tables Diagram": Leevi Graham put together a diagram of the EE database tables. A potentially useful reference sheet while developing add-ons.

Hosted by Lea Alcantara & Ryan Irelan.

Tack Sharp #10: The Dark

October 5, 2009 at 5:21PM

Dan and Duncan discuss techniques for shooting in low light conditions, from cool roadside shots to the space shuttle.

Links for this episode:

  • "Space Shuttle and rocket launch pictures":
  • "Space Shuttle Shooting Advice": (by Stan Jirman)
  • "Duncan's interior NYC pics":
  • "Duncan's outdoor NYC pics":
  • "Duncan's tripod":
  • "Duncan's monopod":
  • "Dan's tripod":
  • "Dan's monopod":

Hosted by Duncan Davidson & Dan Benjamin.

The Ruby Show #94: I shamelessly steal a Mitch Hedberg joke and apply it to Rackspace.

October 2, 2009 at 12:58PM

Episode #094. Dan Benjamin (Playgrounder, Hivelogic) is back this week and we had some help from Adam Keys with stories. Also, I shamelessly steal a Mitch Hedberg joke and apply it to Rackspace.

In case you missed it last week, we're now accepting stories and feedback to @railsenvy on Twitter. You know, if you feel like letting us know about something.

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Show Notes

  • Ruby Enterprise Edition 1.8.7-20090928 released

    A new version of REE has been released. The biggest change is that this new version of REE is based on Ruby 1.8.7-p174. It includes the MBARI patches and the zero-copy context switching patch is optional as well. Snow Leopard users must compile with –no-tcmalloc due to an incompatibility.

  • Retrospectiva v2RC 1 is Out

    Written in Rails, Retrospectiva is an open-source project management tool intended to assist the collaborative aspect of work carried out by agile software development teams.

    It's free (MIT License), has full Development Life-cycle support, nice admin, RSS Support, and an API in XML_REST.

  • Spree 0.9.0 Released

    Spree 0.9.0 has been released. Spree is an open source Rails shopping cart and e-commerce solution. Version 0.9.0 includes coupon and discount support, Rails 2.3.4 compatibility, enhanced calculators, and more.

  • 10 Must-Have Rails Plugins and Gems (2009 Edition)

    Glenn Vanderburg posts 10 must have rails plugins and gems you should be using in your apps.

  • RubyMine IDE 2.0 Beta

    Peter Cooper posts over on Ruby Inside about RubyMine IDE 2.0 beta being released. New features include Ruby 1.9 support, Rails 2.3.3 support, Rails i18n support and spell checker, UI improvements, Cucumber and Shoulda support, and Built-in HAML and Sass support.

  • FiveRuns Has Been Acquired by Workthink

    Dash will be discontinued on Friday, October 16th, 2009. There are instructions for exporting your data. They're also setting up a fake Dash service so that existing apps using Dash won't suddenly fail.

  • Textorize for Generating Headline Images

    Textorize is a command line tool for generating headline images to png format by Thomas Fuchs (scriptaculous). It supports subpixel anti-aliasing and is written in Ruby.

  • SVN to Git Protips

    Josh Susser posts some tips about the subversion to git process and performing a smooth migration.

  • Request Log Analyzer 1.4.0 Released

    We mentioned it last week but now request-log-analyzer version 1.4.0 is out. Request Log Analyzer is a tool to produce performance reports for web applications based on their log files. Version 1.4.0 can now handle Apache access logs, Rack CommonLogger logs and Amazon S3 access logs. It also has improved database support, added standard deviation to reports, can email reports, and more.

  • Using Cookie Based Sessions in Sinatra

    Julio Javier Cicchelli walks you through using cookie based sessions in Sinatra over on the Ruby Learning blog.

  • WindyCityRails 2009 Videos

    Videos from the WindyCityRails conference this year have been posted.

  • MongoDB: A Light in the Darkness! (Key Value Stores Part 5)

    Kirk Haines posts part 5 of his key/value stores walk through on the Engine Yard blog. This week's post is on MongoDB.

  • Completeness-fu

    Completeness-fu for ActiveRecord allows you cleanly define the way a model instance is scored for completeness, similar to LinkedIn user profiles.

  • Rails Logging with MongoDB

    Phil Burrows has written up a recipe for logging to MongoDB from your Rails app. MongoDB has some features that make it an excellent choice for storing and querying your logs. If you've jumped on the MongoDB, you are obligated to check this out.

  • Kitabu PDF generator

    Nando Vieira recently released Kitabu, a framework for generating PDFs from text sources written in Markdown or Textile. This looks like a great tool for those who are itching to self-publish but don't typically do print work.

  • Who Wants To Be A Munger

    Dana Gray's presentation at Lone Star Ruby Conference on scraping, transforming and formatting data is a great read for those who might fear the dark but useful art of recombobulating data.

  • Testing named scopes

    Named scopes are a funny thing. They're a core part of your application, but they're also kinda part of the framework. So how should you go about testing them? Dan Croak, A Giant Robot, sheds some light on the topic.

  • Database Taxonomy

    Whether you call it NoSQL, post-relational, or a bunch of annoying whippersnappers trying to undermine your career as a awesomely certified DB2 übergod, lots of people are talking about new and different ways to store your application's data. Ben Scofield, he of Viget Labs, has written an excellent article trying to categorize and organize these emerging technologies so that we might better discuss when they are appropriate to use.

Hosted by Jason Seifer & Dan Benjamin.

Ruby on Rails Podcast #124: erubycon: Charles Nutter

October 1, 2009 at 12:00AM • 22 minutes

This episode was originally published on October 1, 2008.

Charles Nutter of JRuby, from erubycon.

Hosted by Brittany Martin.

Puromac #152: Puromac 152: Flavio viaja a Mexico, Microsoft copia Apple, En Tu Mac, repasamos copias de seguridad.

September 30, 2009 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

Puromac 152: Flavio viaja a Mexico, Microsoft copia Apple, En Tu Mac, repasamos copias de seguridad.

Hosted by Flavio Guinsburg.

EE Podcast #1: Caching and Acceleration

September 30, 2009 at 8:15AM

In this episode, Dan and Ryan discuss the EE beta 2 phase, some new addons from Solspace, and offer some tech tips. We also go in-depth regarding caching and acceleration with Squid and varnish.

Links for this episode:

  • "Apply now for the second phase of EE 2.0 testing": There are only 300 spots available. Current testers do not need to reapply.
  • "New iPhone-optimized control panel for EE": It's an extension plus themes to give you an easy way to update your EE site from your iPhone.
  • "Solspace Template Morsels":
  • New Plugin: "FileSizer": Displays the size of an uploaded file.
  • EE Insider Tip: Install EE above web root for improved security. "Just follow these 4 steps":
  • Use "Squid": and "Varnish": for high-traffic sites (like "A List Apart": and "Playgrounder": for improved caching and acceleration.

Hosted by Lea Alcantara & Ryan Irelan.

Mac Power Users #11: Services and Macworld 2010

September 28, 2009 at 9:43PM

This episode provides an introduction to automation. Subjects include Applescript, Automator, and Snow Leopard Services. We also had Macworld Expo Director Paul Kent on to talk about Macworld Expo and Conference 2010. Links of Interest: Automator Applescript Snow Leopard Services Applescript 1-2-3 MacBreak Video Services Episode Listener Ken’s Post on Evernote Service David’s Post [...]

Hosted by David Sparks & Katie Floyd.