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OS X Spring Nuking

Sometimes you just get fed up with your broke-ass environment and you need to start over. Despite best intentions, you temporarily lose your vigilance, and you end up with macports and homebrew on your machine at the same time. Strange poltergeists creep into your machine and start warning you about...

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Real Views with Draper

I recently latched on to a tweet thread that was originated by Michael Guterl (@mguterl), in which he expressed his frustration with view helpers and erb in rails. The frustration was echoed by others, and being somewhat new to Rails, I can’t say that I’ve personally felt much pain first...

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Customer Written Cukes

…and why they’re awesome. Or not. On one of our more recent projects, we were given an entire suite of customer written Cucumber features. We’ve toyed with Cucumber in the past, but this was the first time we’ve actually implemented Cukes on a customer project. I thought I’d take a...

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World Congress of Engineering Asset Management

We have been working with Assetricity implementing the MIMOSA Common Conceptual Object Model information standard for operations and maintenance. This year the WCEAM was held here in Cincinnati. I was able to attend the Interoperability for Asset Management workshop for the last couple of days. While there we ratified the...

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Configuring Ubuntu 10.04 for Ruby on Rails Development

While mentoring local high school students we needed to configure a number of systems for Rails development. Ubuntu seemed to be the most reasonable choice of OS. Below are the configuration steps we used broken into one-time setup, repeatable demo app creation, and next steps. Motivation This system is intended...

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Web apps are dead, long live web apps

I was at RubyConf today talking to a guy who hates building web apps. I think a lot of developers feel this way, even a lot of web developers. I know I did, to some degree, even though I would tell you (and believe that) deploying software as a web...

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