Submitted by Paul Dix on Fri, 2005-11-18 09:47.
Submitted by Paul Dix on Fri, 2005-11-11 09:45.
Originally I planned for this post to be a sort of how to for creating floating content panes in a Rails application. If you’re unsure what I’m talking about have a look at protopage or Winlike for decent examples. I didn’t want to write everything from scratch so I began a search for reusable code in the form of a widget that I could use that would make sense for the example. What I found was that there’s a lot out there and there are different approaches to web based widgets. What follows are a few of the things I found and an open question on what the best approach may be.
Submitted by Keith Casey on Wed, 2005-11-02 09:52.
For those of you who aren't familiar with my antics, I'm a regular over at Joel On Software. I participate in the forums, attempt to share something of value occassionally, and generally agitate the natives. I happen to respect what Joel Spolsky says even when I think he's wrong... but when he's right, he normally knocks it out of the park. And he was 100% right in his discussion of the Web 2.0 Hype in Architecture Astronauts Are Back.
I started CaseySoftware, LLC almost a year ago now. I was miserable at a deadend job and saw numerous opportunities arising. As a result, I took the leap and started doing it fulltime. The first thing I noticed was the sheer amount of money being thrown around and much of it at fundamentally stupid ideas. My first impulse was to trumpet the year that I had been doing AJAX and cash in but then I realized something... If our projects and by extension our customers were going to survive the next bust, there had to be something more.
Submitted by Keith Casey on Fri, 2005-10-28 14:03.
I've been working on a project for one my biggest customers now for many months. The system is huge, has automated a huge amount of work previously done by hand, and quite a bit on its own depending on specific business rules. One of the things it does is pull together various bits and pieces of information and puts it together into a single item for further processing.
The difficulty has been that there are so many rules, so many different conditions, and a variety of other things that affect the output, it gets to be quite difficult to test and preview the items. A few weeks ago, I had an idea... AJAX.
Submitted by Nola Stowe on Tue, 2005-10-11 13:49.
Submitted by Caleb Tennis on Wed, 2005-09-28 14:30.
Editor's Note: For those of you who may have missed it, the Pragmatic Programmers have just launched a new series called "Pragmatic Fridays" and their first book was released last week. As an even more interesting note, the first one entitled "Rapid GUI Development with QtRuby" was written by our own Caleb Tennis.
In the movie "The Shawshank Redemption", after the character Brooks Hatlan got out of prison (after being cooped up for a very long time), he opines that: "...The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry". He wasn't able to cope in the outside world after living in prison for so long. He liked his old lifestyle better.
The same thing exists in software/tech world. In order to survive, you've got to stay afloat with knowing something about the latest and greatest happenings. No doubt you know that Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows next year called "Vista". I'm sure you're aware of lots of the latest gadgets coming out of Steve Jobs' hands.
Well, if you're a web developer, no doubt you've heard of Ruby on Rails. But, more importantly, have you tried it?
Submitted by Paul Dix on Fri, 2005-08-26 08:58.