Archive for October 2005

New Cheatsheet: What’s Ajax?

Into JavaScript? Have I got good news for you!If you’re interested in JavaScript-driven web apps, snazzy visual fx, and generally confusing people into thinking your site is Flash—but oh-so-much better—you should buy our JavaScript Performance Rocks! book while it’s still in beta. Written by Thomas Fuchs, the creator of Scriptaculous, and yours truly, the maker […]

Migratory Schemas

It’s getting to be that time of year again… the leaves are falling, the skies are gray, the temperature’s noticably lower. It’s time for birds to make their way south. And apparently this is the migratory season for another ineffable creature, the database schema. Kevin Clark has written an awesome article on writing migrations for […]

Cool Stuff Round-up

Just to balance off the intense Amy-centricism of the previous post, I’d like to have a little linkapalooza of cool stuff from other people which you’ll want to check out. Faster TDD with Rails promises, well, faster TDD with Rails. Florian’s new approach eliminates a lot of the cruft when running tests on Rails apps […]

Podcast & Book

This post is all about the shameless self-promotion, so be warned! Podcast Yesterday I had the honor of being podcast-interviewed by Geoffrey Grosenbach of TopFunky and Ruby on Rails Podcast fame. You can download it, as well as other recent podcasty goodness, here (temporary URL… they’re waiting on DNS changes to go through). It’s nearly […]

Announcing CrossPod

CrossPod is a project I’m helping with, dreamed up by my very good friend Chris Cornutt. It’s a service to help people upload and share short audio clips (promos) for others to use in their podcasts or other periodic audio content. It’s a non-sleazy way to promote yourself while sharing a bit of your expertise, […]

super-customizing typo: svk & more

I’ve realized that to make Slash7 the site I really want, I’m going to have to do more than just change the theme… I need to customize Typo itself. Luckily, thanks to the structured nature of Rails applications, it couldn’t be easier. It’s not without its own kind of trickiness, though. The bugbears come in […]

design your software—please!

I’ve been working with some other (non-Prototype) Ajax toolkits recently at work, and I feel the need to vent. It really hasn’t been fun. But it has been useful—it’s served as a powerful reminder to me about the importance of logical design. Sometimes we get so spoiled with our tools that we forget how truly […]

upgrading typo to 2.5.6

Well! I upgraded my ooooold (2.0.6) Typo install to the spiffing new 2.5.6. I learned all about rake migrate (which didn’t want to work) and such fun things. And, because of the new theme engine, I’m back to square one, visually speaking. And my other preferences are gone, too. Upgrading your Typo is as easy […]

fun times & startup launches

Ahhh, there’s nothing like that new startup smell. And unlike the new car smell, it’s not carcinogenic (at least, not that I’m aware of). A project I’ve been working on for the past three months has launched, and it’s rocketed up to #1 on delicious. I keep having friends join IRC channels I frequent, or […]

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