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fastcgi berzerking

You may have noticed that Slash7 has been down for a few days. Well, the downtime was (I thought) precipitated by too much load on the server, thanks to my Rails apps. I was notified by my friend, who lets me share his server, that he had to kill my FastCGI processes and shut me […]

Slash7 Road Map

I have some things up my sleeve for this site. I love blogging about Rails, but I find myself itching to post other things as well. On the other hand, sometimes it bugs me when people who are allegedly blogging on a given topic diverge into the yellow wood. I expect Rails updates, dammit—what’s this […]

Or not.

So apparently I don’t need to add Markdown support because it’s available if I were to install, say, the proper Cloth. I thought it was RedCloth, and I had RedCloth installed; but no, it was BlueCloth. (Next up on “If Dr. Seuss Made Ruby Libraries,” OneCloth and TwoCloth!) I was about to complain that I’m […]

Movin’ On Up

As you can see, things are a-changin’. I finally have made time again for Rails & writing, and I’ve decided to start my new commitment by moving ye olde Slash7 to Typo. I never really intended for this to be a blog as such, more of a collection of articles, a format for which neither […]

New Cheat Sheet: Form Helpers pt 1

In the course of working on a (lengthy) new article, I worked up a new cheat sheet about form helpers. Lemme know what you think. In other news, this site will change dramatically in the near future. I’m working on putting enough finishing touches on my little article manager, and getting an Apache/FastCGI set up […]

And Now…

For something completely different. I got a new PowerBook. I also got bored. So I did some fun stuff with OmniGraffle, that designer’s plaything. Here’s a cheat sheet about Rails’ file structure. Here’s a cheat sheet about ActiveRecord relationships. Feel free to distribute, whatever, just keep the copyright notice and license link intact. Enjoy!

Rails – What Goes Where

Homes for Your Logic, CSS, HTML, and More Rails is a framework. (If you didn’t know that before starting this article, you might want to hit up some other beginner articles first.) Framework makers love separating files into different folders—they’re the obsessively tidy folks in the world of code. Simple logic would follow that Rails […]

MVC: The Most Vexing Conundrum

MVC, short for Model/View/Controller, is one of the hallmarks of Ruby on Rails’ design. But unless you know what that is, just saying so doesn’t do much for ya.

Really Getting Started in Rails

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Helpers are a way to create additional classes to ‘help out’ with Controller classes, leaving your code uncluttered (and, of course, much more re-usable). More on these later.

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