Category Archives: Technical

Keeping Ruby on Rails running at Dreamhost

Update 1/12/07: This solution has reduced my 500 error rate down to less than 0.2% but it’s still not perfect. I continue to plug away at this… Update 1/24/07: I’ve finally solved my Dreamhost 500 error problems with a different … Continue reading

Posted in Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Systems Administration, Web | 4 Comments

The Rails Way delivers the goods

I had a piece of data import code in Wind and Tides that I just knew could be cleaner and more elegant. Last week I submitted it to Jamis and Michael who write the Rails Way blog and their refactoring … Continue reading

Posted in Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Software Engineering | 2 Comments

Tab completion and history with irb and script/console

One thing I love about Ruby (and really miss when working in Java) is its interactive command line interpreter irb (or script/console if you’re using Rails). I really wish irb had tab completion and saved history configured by default out … Continue reading

Posted in Java, Ruby, Software Engineering | 3 Comments

Hello Newshutch, goodbye Bloglines

I’ve been a Bloglines user for a long time. However, after hearing about Newshutch on the Web 2.0 show podcast Episode 26 I’ve made the switch and couldn’t be happier. It sports just the right amount of Ajax, good keyboard … Continue reading

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Comparing Amazon EC2 with VPS and dedicated hosting

I’ve been reading all the great things about Amazon EC2 (or Elastic Compute Cloud) and lots of pricing comparisons with VPS and dedicated hosting. I finally got an EC2 account and tinkered a bit and there’s a big difference between … Continue reading

Posted in Database, FreeBSD, Linux, MySQL, Systems Administration | 9 Comments

Ajax enabling crusty legacy webapps with Prototype

With all of the hype around Ajax it’s easy to think you might need an MVC framework with baked in Ajax support like Rails ActionPack or JBoss Seam to make Ajax easy. However, libraries like Prototype (which is what Rails … Continue reading

Posted in AJAX, CSS, Javascript, Software Engineering, Web | 1 Comment

Javascript debugging in Internet Explorer

It always drives me nuts when I get a Javascript error in Internet Explorer that I can’t reproduce in Firefox because I’m used to debugging Javascript in Firefox with Firebug. I finally had to buckle down and figure out how … Continue reading

Posted in Javascript, Software Engineering, Web | 2 Comments

Instantiating and populating a list or collection

In Java it always irks me when I have to create a collection and then populate it in separate steps as follows: List states = new ArrayList(); state.add(State.CA); state.add(State.WY); Then today I read about using an anonymous subclass with instance … Continue reading

Posted in Java, Ruby, Software Engineering | 12 Comments

Using Ruby’s timout to keep the user experience snappy

On a my Ruby on Rails based San Francisco Sailing Weather website I make calls out to flickr.rb to retrieve photos.

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Upgrading to Spring 2.0 and Hibernate 3.2

Tonight I just completed the upgrade from Spring 1.2 and Hibernate 3.1 to Spring 2.0 and Hibernate 3.2 for work. I was expecting a rough upgrade but was pleasantly surprised how easily it went.

Posted in Database, Java, Software Engineering | 3 Comments