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Continually experimenting with new ideas and techniques — Reconstructing, Developing, Modernising.


Vagrant: Up and Running – a review

Vagrant: Up and Running is a relatively new book from the reliable O’Reilly stable. The author of the book and creator of Vagrant, Mitchell Hashimoto, says: “Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments, sandboxed in a virtual machine.”… Continue Reading →

Discipline (is a Vehicle for Joy)

My revisiting Ruby and Rails is moving ahead well, each week day I spend an hour or so to do a couple of Vitamin R sessions to work through Michael Hartl’s Rails Tutorial. Progress is good, and the content seems… Continue Reading →

Building Ruby 1.8.7-p374 on Mountain Lion (and Mavericks) under rbenv

New versions of ruby 1.8.7, 1.9.3, and 2.0.0 came out recently to fix a security issue, and for the first time I have tried building an old (1.8.x) on OS X 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion). I tried rbenv install 1.8.7-p374, and… Continue Reading →

Getting Back on the Rails

I have had a few months break away from doing software development, and the time has firmed up some of my prejudices about the type of people attracted to various technologies. So without further ado it’s time to plunge into… Continue Reading →

Getting .mp3 Files into iTunes as Podcasts

Recently I purchased Avdi Grimm’s Objects on Rails “sponsor edition” to get the special extra – a long interview with Sandi Metz. This comes as a big .mp3 file. I happily use iTunes to organize my audio content, and dropping… Continue Reading →

The Right Tool for The Job

I have been experimenting with different tools to try and replace my paper-based notebooks I used to use at work as lab logs. For a while I was getting quite frustrated trying to make the DayOne app do everything. Then… Continue Reading →

Ruby Without Beer

On Thursday evening I went to my first Toronto Ruby Brigade meetup, and thoroughly enjoyed three talks on Ruby covering testing, Ruby’s object model, and some Ruby “gotchas”. I’m looking forward to the next meetup. This year I have given… Continue Reading →

Seven Languages in Seven Weeks

Seven Languages in Seven Weeks from the Pragmatic Programmers is in print, so it’s time to allocate some time play with them. Yesterday and today are the first couple of days of Ruby – luckily I already know Ruby a… Continue Reading →

Inspirations from an Open Plan Office

A Fun Family Outing

A few weeks ago Jeff Potter swung through Toronto doing a “do it yourself” tour promoting his book Cooking for Geeks. This post is a wholehearted recommendation for the book. My wife and daughter are both into cooking, and I… Continue Reading →