Let’s celebrate the new year with the first round of links from my new account on Pinboard. I’ve decided to move away from Delicious due to fear, uncertainty, and doubt that the service may be shutting down. See Yahoo!locaust for more information on that subject.
I’ve been very happy with Pinboard so far, and would highly recommend it as an alternative to Delicious. They even have a handy Delicious->Pinboard importing feature to help get you started. It’s much faster, more pleasing to the eye, and seems to be actively maintained by smart people. It’s a win all around.
This also means that I have a new way of getting at my links for publishing here. I whipped together a quick Rake task based on some code I found while Googling around. It’s nothing special, but it seems to get the job done:
…it works, you know?
So, this set of links includes a bunch of stuff I cleared out from my GitHub watch list, which had gotten a bit overwhelming. I subscribe to my private GitHub RSS feed in Google Reader to help me keep up with the projects I’m interested in, and checking that on a weekly basis works well for me. Still, it was time to do a little spring cleaning… in the dead of winter… I suppose… :)
So, without further ado:
CAMRA campaigns for real ale, real pubs and consumer rights. We are an independent, voluntary organisation with over 100,000 members and have been described as the most successful consumer group in Europe. CAMRA promotes good-quality real ale and pubs, as well as acting as the consumer’s champion in relation to the UK and European beer and drinks industry.
A streaming REST client for Ruby, using libcurl
Hacker News is a great resource. However, I seemed to constantly run into two issues. 1. If I didn’t visit at least once a day, top items would scroll off the top pages and I would never see them. 2. If I was procrastinating and visiting the page often, I would find it difficult to determine what was new on the page. That frustration led to hckr news, a chronologic list of items that have made it onto the Hacker News homepage.
Hacker News is one of our favorite places to find interesting stories, learn about apps and side projects from the dev community and stay connected to the early stage startup scene.
Some of the smartest people I know continuously struggle to get ahead because they forget to address a few simple truths that collectively govern our potential to make progress.
If you want to do a “Feeling Lucky” search from Google Chrome post haste, I’ve got a great trick for you.
It goes without saying that email is the de facto method by which online businesses communicate with users and clients; without a doubt, it’s a necessary and core function of business today. That being the case, how does a business know that its email is actually getting delivered?
ActiveRecord 3 query syntax on steroids.
NoSQL with MySQL in Ruby
Rack middleware replacement for mod_rewrite
How to use SWFUpload with custom Rack Middleware
A web server agnostic rack middleware for defining and applying rewrite rules. In many cases you can get away with Rack::Rewrite instead of writing Apache mod_rewrite rules.
A lightweight Autocomplete plugin for jQuery. Autocomplete that doesn’t suck — I think.
ActiveRecord models to work with WordPress databases
Middleware that functions as a spambot trap. Cast spambots off into the abyss.
Image server / proxy that can resize images on demand based on common file prefixes ( such as _small, _medium ) and apply other rmagick effects. Supposed to be used between a Squid/Varnish and S3
A jQuery plugin that makes working with SWFUpload even easier.
Demo Rails 3 app showing SWFUpload working in tandem with restful-authentication, CSRF protection and paperclip.
Heresy is a schema free wrapper around your database, heavily inspired by both CouchDB and FriendFeed.
A simple jQuery plugin for showing a text field’s label inside the textbox itself. The hint disappears when it is given focus, and appears again if the inputted text is empty. Typically used for search and login forms.
Ruby gem for accessing the Campaign Monitor API with support for new API keys, hex IDs, and custom subscriber fields
A small library intended to simplify the common steps involved with importing CSV files to a usable form in Ruby
Don’t fall into the trap of spending your limited resources on planning and preparing for success. Instead, spend them on things that will actually increase your chances of success.
“Why wasn’t I consulted,” which I abbreviate as WWIC, is the fundamental question of the web. It is the rule from which other rules are derived. Humans have a fundamental need to be consulted, engaged, to exercise their knowledge (and thus power), and no other medium that came before has been able to tap into that as effectively.
There are a number of variables that allow a DBA to tune a PostgreSQL database server for specific loads, disk types and hardware. These are fondly called the GUCS (Global Unified Configuration Settings) and you can take a look via the pg_settings view. There are also a few of things that you can do in your application to get the most out of Postgres
Much of this will be (or currently is) solved the old-fashioned way: personal recommendations and trusted authorities. But these can’t cover the breadth of available information that web searchers need. I don’t know what will, or when, but it’s desperately needed.
On today’s menu: monitoring. People have all kinds of different meanings for monitoring, and they’re all right, because there is no one way to monitor your applications and infrastructure. I just did a recount, and there are no less than six levels of detail you can and probably should get. Note that these are my definitions, they don’t necessarily have to be officially named, they’re solely based on my experiences. Let’s start from the top, the outside view of your application.
Rumor has it that they wanted to “lease” out their excess capacity outside of the holiday season (Nov-Jan). Is that true?
Shoebox helps you manage styles and scripts as first-class citizens in Rails.
Nginx control script
Really simple JSON and XML parsing, ripped from Merb and Rails.
A feed fetching and parsing library that treats the internet like Godzilla treats Japan: it dominates and eats all.
An easy way to include external video services in a rails app.
S3 Proxy for Google App Engine
Simple API for importing from csv.
cutting edge cms, blog, wiki, forum
BBCode implementation for Ruby
Easy Akismet and TypePad AntiSpam integration for Rails
A RESTful CouchDB client based on Heroku’s RestClient and Couch.js
Adds query origin tracing to your logs.
A fast, libxml based, Ruby Atom library supporting the Syndication Format and the Publishing Protocol.
The Atom Protocol Exerciser
Asset packaging Rack middleware
Asynchronous ruby framework for realtime web applications
Send e-mail straight from forms in Rails with I18n, validations, attachments and request information.
Drop-in image thumbnailing for your Rack stack
A readonly ActiveRecord-esque base class that lets you use a hash, a Yaml file or a custom file as the datasource
Forget configuring SMTP servers and queues, just use Remail. Remail uses Google App Engine to send and receive emails RESTfully.
Texticle exposes full text search capabilities from PostgreSQL, and allows you to declare full text indexes. Texticle will extend ActiveRecord with named_scope methods making searching easy and fun!
Rack::Debug is middleware that provides a simple interface to ruby-debug. Helps debug apps running in Passenger.
A fully featured forum system compatible with Rails 2.3
Real HTTP Caching for Ruby Web Apps
Experiments in a rest api lib.
Rails plugin for transforming URLs to appropriate resource (image, link, YouTube, Vimeo video,…)
LiveReload applies CSS/JS changes to Safari or Chrome w/o reloading the page (and autoreloads the page when HTML changes)
A plugin for Sinatra to provide a DSL extension for using Thin for asynchronous responses.
Some of these sheets may be a review if you’ve already been working with Rails 3 for a few months now, but they’re great if you’re just now getting the hang of it or you want a good reference guide.
So HN, what are some cool, shiny new technologies that you worked with this past year? Care to tell us what those technologies are and why they are so cool?
It’s fun. It’s fast. It’s the ultimate resume.
If there’s one thing I hope you remember after reading this article it’s to take time to design your URL structure. Don’t leave it up to your framework. Don’t leave it up to chance. Think about it and craft an experience.
Two graduate students, intrigued by a growing wealth of material on the Internet, built a huge fucking lobster trap, absorbed as much of human history and creativity as they could, and destroyed all of it.
Ruby, Python, C, and PHP programmers: format dates and times with strftime
Cash cow disease arises when a public company has a small number of products that generate the lion’s share of profits, but lacks the discipline to return those profits to the shareholders.
RailsAdmin is a Rails 3 engine that provides an easy-to-use interface for managing your data
After a few minutes of rendering, the new plot appeared, and I was a bit taken aback by what I saw. The blob had turned into a surprisingly detailed map of the world.
Stop replicating functionality that already exists, stop using scope. It is obsolete.
One strategy for consuming Hacker News is to periodically check the top stories on the home page since that’s where most of the high-scoring articles reside. This works okay if you’re always in front of the computer, but if you’re away, you miss out. It’s also terribly inefficient to repeatedly check HN, because you have to rescan stories you’ve already seen.
The short answer is that OpenID is the worst possible “solution” I have ever seen in my entire life to a problem that most people don’t really have. That’s what’s “wrong” with it.