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The Motherlode: Ruby on Rails Wiki April 9, 2006

Posted by komodocode in Community, Learning.
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Dang – Struck gold again! I just found the Ruby on Rails wiki and, man, is it loaded with lots  of RoR goodness. Howtos, videos, discussions, plugins, best practices, theories, case studies and blogs – lots of blogs! And since it's a wiki, I felt compelled to add this blog to the list – toward the bottom 😀  Check it out.

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Rails Developer Shortage April 9, 2006

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Peter Cooper writes about a very encouraging  phenomenon for people like me who are breaking into Ruby on Rails coding. I'm beginning to think that taking a year to learn is too long. Maybe I'll get "up to speed" in a month or two and work on the rest of the year to master it.

A Brave New “Hello World!” April 9, 2006

Posted by komodocode in Community, Practice.
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OK, so I have gotten the ceremonial "Hello World!" done in Ruby on Rails. Very straightforward 5-step process and I love the way Rails creates the entire directory structure using a simple command. I'm looking forward to learning other helper scripts. I just read Jakob Sklerning's Mentalized blog that mentioned the simple "Hello World!" program consumes 30MB of RAM to run. BWAH???

A little research of my own revealed that launching the WEBrick web server (Rails 1.1) takes up 23 MB of memory, but running the "Hello World!" program costs next to nothing that I could see. If anyone has any insight into Jakob's statement, I'd love to learn about it.

BTW, Jakob has a great how-to on running "Hello World!"

Some Alternate Tools April 9, 2006

Posted by komodocode in Tools & Gear.
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Even though, the latest Ruby installer comes with a built-in web server for development, I skipped ahead and started reading "Four Days on Rails" which suggested using Apache2. I decided to install it as it will probably be the second most web server I will be deploying next to IIS.

Also, MySQL-Front is a great tool for setting and viewing MySQL databases, however after 30 days, it's not free ($35 for 2 licenses). Always striving to hold the banner of Open Source software as high as I can, I found a free (with nagware) alternative in a product called SQLYog. It's very decent and the limitations (so far) are easy to overcome.

Up and “Rolling with Ruby on Rails” April 8, 2006

Posted by komodocode in Practice.
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Part One of Curt Hibbs' article by above mentioned name starts out by giving a very succinct 4-step blueprint on retrieving and installing all of the software needed to get rolling.

  1. Install Ruby
  2. Setup Rails
  3. Install MySQL
  4. Download MySQL-Front

Done – in no more than 15 minutes. Follow Curt's article, however, for the full "How-To".

A Couple of Bookmark-worthy Blogs April 8, 2006

Posted by komodocode in Community.
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David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails.

Bill Scott is the AJAX evangelist at Yahoo!

Komodo Coder, author of a fast-growing blog about Ruby, Rails & AJAX (shameless, I know) 🙂

AJAX Tutorials for Beginners April 8, 2006

Posted by komodocode in Learning.
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Another collection of useful tutorials compiled by Rushi Vishavadia – right in my own WordPress back yard. At this rate, I'll never get to bed!

Top 12 Ruby on Rails Tutorials April 8, 2006

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Recently found this gold mine of tutorials on Digital Media Minute. What a way to get the show on the… RAILS!

For starters April 8, 2006

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I am not a programmer – yet. This is a blogged challenge to see if I can become a Ruby on Rails and AJAX Wizard in my spare time within 12 months using only guidance from resources scattered about the internet (tutorials, podcasts, blogs, forums, email newsletters, etc.)

Show your support by reading, subscribing and commenting – a lot! 🙂