Saturday, July 16, 2005

First Impressions of Ruby on Rails

Lately I have heard a lot of buzz about ruby on rails. It is used by basecamp, the project management system that I like, and I have heard it mentioned by Martin Fowler and on slashdot.

First there is the ruby language. According to the Ruby Users Guide, it is "an interpreted scripting language for quick and easy object-oriented programming." "Rails" is the web framework portion.

After watching this intro video I can see that scaffolding is a piece that genreates quite a lot of web code for you. It appears that it breaks things into the MVC pattern.

google maps

Here are links to several cool google map hacks

Monday, July 11, 2005

Project management

I recently was turned onto a cool online project management program called basecamp. My only reservation is that the data is hosted by another company and you have no control over it(I don't see an easy way to export your data either), but it's very well written and works far better than excel.