Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #094: 10/02/2009

Episode #094. Dan Benjamin (Playgrounder, Hivelogic) is back this week and we had some help from Adam Keys with stories. Also, I shamelessly steal a Mitch Hedberg joke and apply it to Rackspace.

In case you missed it last week, we’re now accepting stories and feedback to @railsenvy on Twitter. You know, if you feel like letting us know about something.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. Check them out at NewRelic.com.

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Show Notes

  • Ruby Enterprise Edition 1.8.7-20090928 released

    A new version of REE has been released. The biggest change is that this new version of REE is based on Ruby 1.8.7-p174. It includes the MBARI patches and the zero-copy context switching patch is optional as well. Snow Leopard users must compile with –no-tcmalloc due to an incompatibility.

  • Retrospectiva v2RC 1 is Out

    Written in Rails, Retrospectiva is an open-source project management tool intended to assist the collaborative aspect of work carried out by agile software development teams.

    It’s free (MIT License), has full Development Life-cycle support, nice admin, RSS Support, and an API in XML_REST.

  • Spree 0.9.0 Released

    Spree 0.9.0 has been released. Spree is an open source Rails shopping cart and e-commerce solution. Version 0.9.0 includes coupon and discount support, Rails 2.3.4 compatibility, enhanced calculators, and more.

  • 10 Must-Have Rails Plugins and Gems (2009 Edition)

    Glenn Vanderburg posts 10 must have rails plugins and gems you should be using in your apps.

  • RubyMine IDE 2.0 Beta

    Peter Cooper posts over on Ruby Inside about RubyMine IDE 2.0 beta being released. New features include Ruby 1.9 support, Rails 2.3.3 support, Rails i18n support and spell checker, UI improvements, Cucumber and Shoulda support, and Built-in HAML and Sass support.

  • FiveRuns Has Been Acquired by Workthink

    Dash will be discontinued on Friday, October 16th, 2009. There are instructions for exporting your data. They’re also setting up a fake Dash service so that existing apps using Dash won’t suddenly fail.

    http://www.fiveruns.com/
    http://support.fiveruns.com/faqs/dash/dash-shutdown

  • Textorize for Generating Headline Images

    Textorize is a command line tool for generating headline images to png format by Thomas Fuchs (scriptaculous). It supports subpixel anti-aliasing and is written in Ruby.

  • SVN to Git Protips

    Josh Susser posts some tips about the subversion to git process and performing a smooth migration.

  • Request Log Analyzer 1.4.0 Released

    We mentioned it last week but now request-log-analyzer version 1.4.0 is out. Request Log Analyzer is a tool to produce performance reports for web applications based on their log files. Version 1.4.0 can now handle Apache access logs, Rack CommonLogger logs and Amazon S3 access logs. It also has improved database support, added standard deviation to reports, can email reports, and more.

  • Using Cookie Based Sessions in Sinatra

    Julio Javier Cicchelli walks you through using cookie based sessions in Sinatra over on the Ruby Learning blog.

  • WindyCityRails 2009 Videos

    Videos from the WindyCityRails conference this year have been posted.

  • MongoDB: A Light in the Darkness! (Key Value Stores Part 5)

    Kirk Haines posts part 5 of his key/value stores walk through on the Engine Yard blog. This week’s post is on MongoDB.

  • Completeness-fu

    Completeness-fu for ActiveRecord allows you cleanly define the way a model instance is scored for completeness, similar to LinkedIn user profiles.

  • Rails Logging with MongoDB

    Phil Burrows has written up a recipe for logging to MongoDB from your Rails app. MongoDB has some features that make it an excellent choice for storing and querying your logs. If you’ve jumped on the MongoDB, you are obligated to check this out.

  • Kitabu PDF generator

    Nando Vieira recently released Kitabu, a framework for generating PDFs from text sources written in Markdown or Textile. This looks like a great tool for those who are itching to self-publish but don’t typically do print work.

  • Who Wants To Be A Munger

    Dana Gray’s presentation at Lone Star Ruby Conference on scraping, transforming and formatting data is a great read for those who might fear the dark but useful art of recombobulating data.

  • Testing named scopes

    Named scopes are a funny thing. They’re a core part of your application, but they’re also kinda part of the framework. So how should you go about testing them? Dan Croak, A Giant Robot, sheds some light on the topic.

  • Database Taxonomy

    Whether you call it NoSQL, post-relational, or a bunch of annoying whippersnappers trying to undermine your career as a awesomely certified DB2 übergod, lots of people are talking about new and different ways to store your application’s data. Ben Scofield, he of Viget Labs, has written an excellent article trying to categorize and organize these emerging technologies so that we might better discuss when they are appropriate to use.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #087: 07/15/2009

Episode 87. We bring you the latest news in the Ruby and Rails world. By we I mean I. The greatly delayed podcast 85 will be out in the next couple of days and features a couple awesome surprise co-hosts.

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Runway is a GTD-style action management web application made by geeks for geeks. Created by the folks at Cogent, try a free demo at http://www.runwayapp.com.

Sponsored by New Relic
NewRelic not only provides rails performance monitoring with RPM, but they also produce Rails Lab, a website dedicated to advice on tuning and optimizing Rails apps.

Show Notes

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #084: 06/24/2009

Episode 84. This week Nathan Bibler joins me to talk about bug fixes of bug fixes, new libraries, video podcasts, Duke Nukem, and Zelda.

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Runway is a GTD-style action management web application made by geeks for geeks. Created by the folks at Cogent, try a free demo at http://www.runwayapp.com.

Sponsored by New Relic
NewRelic not only provides rails performance monitoring with RPM, but they also produce Rails Lab, a website dedicated to advice on tuning and optimizing Rails apps.

Show Notes

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #080: 05/27/2009

Episode 80. Gregg sneezes on my dog in this episode. How messed up is that?

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Want to Rejuvenate your legacy Rails application? Call Mocra as your first-choice team, led by Dr Nic. Mocra loves code, loves users, and they want to help you. Mention this advert to qualify for our largest discount consulting rate immediately. Check out Mocra.com for more info.

Sponsored by New Relic
NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Show Notes

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #075: 04/15/2009

Episode 75. Burninator edition.

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Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Integrum. Integrum is a team of dedicated Rails developers who emphasize business value, speed to market, and open communitcation to build remarkable Rails applications. They build software that you’ve been told is impossible.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #072: 03/25/2009

Episode 72.This week we’re back with improved audio quality on both sides of the microphone, and all of the great Ruby and Rails news from this week.

Subscribe via iTunes – iTunes only link.
Download the podcast ~12:30 mins MP3.
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Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Hashrocket. Hashrocket is an expert consultancy group that uses best-of-breed technologies like Ruby on Rails to deliver the highest quality software in the least amount of time.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #079: 05/21/2009

Episode 79. We mess up a lot but it’s funny.

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Want to Rejuvenate your legacy Rails application? Call Mocra as your first-choice team, led by Dr Nic. Mocra loves code, loves users, and they want to help you. Mention this advert to qualify for our largest discount consulting rate immediately. Check out Mocra.com for more info.

Sponsored by New Relic
NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #078: 05/14/2009

Episode 78. Another great episode of Ruby/Rails News. FYI, sorry the audio quality is a little off this week, but hopefully we’ll be back up to par next week.

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Get Harvest
Harvest is a web-based time tracking and invoicing application dedicated to helping freelancers and developers easily track hours and get paid faster. Use coupon code RAILSENVY428 for $10 off the first month of service with Harvest.

Sponsored by New Relic
NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

 

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #077: 04/29/2009

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Get Harvest
Harvest is a web-based time tracking and invoicing application dedicated to helping freelancers and developers easily track hours and get paid faster. Simple and intuitive to use, it takes care of your numbers while you focus on delivering great work. Harvest’s visual reporting shows you the health of your operation at-a-glance.

Use coupon code RAILSENVY428 for $10 off the first month of service with Harvest.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Episode 77.

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Download the podcast ~17:00 mins MP3.
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Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #077: 04/29/2009

Get Harvest
Harvest is a web-based time tracking and invoicing application dedicated to helping freelancers and developers easily track hours and get paid faster. Simple and intuitive to use, it takes care of your numbers while you focus on delivering great work. Harvest’s visual reporting shows you the health of your operation at-a-glance.

Use coupon code RAILSENVY428 for $10 off the first month of service with Harvest.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Episode 77.

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Download the podcast ~17:00 mins MP3.
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Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #076: 04/22/2009

Episode 76. You’ll say wow every time!

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Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Integrum. Integrum is a team of dedicated Rails developers who emphasize business value, speed to market, and open communitcation to build remarkable Rails applications. They build software that you’ve been told is impossible.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #076: 04/22/2009

Episode 76. You’ll say wow every time!

Subscribe via iTunes – iTunes only link.
Download the podcast ~17:00 mins MP3.
Subscribe to feed via RSS by copying the link to your RSS Reader


Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Integrum. Integrum is a team of dedicated Rails developers who emphasize business value, speed to market, and open communitcation to build remarkable Rails applications. They build software that you’ve been told is impossible.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #075: 04/15/2009

Episode 75. Burninator edition.

Subscribe via iTunes – iTunes only link.
Download the podcast ~18:30 mins MP3.
Subscribe to feed via RSS by copying the link to your RSS Reader


Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Integrum. Integrum is a team of dedicated Rails developers who emphasize business value, speed to market, and open communitcation to build remarkable Rails applications. They build software that you’ve been told is impossible.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #074: 04/08/2009

Episode 74. We take a controversial side and give you the whole scoop on the Ruby vs Scala debate.*

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Download the podcast ~17:30 mins MP3.
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Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Integrum. Integrum is a team of dedicated Rails developers who emphasize business value, speed to market, and open communitcation to build remarkable Rails applications. They build software that you’ve been told is impossible.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

* No, we don’t.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #074: 04/08/2009

Episode 74. We take a controversial side and give you the whole scoop on the Ruby vs Scala debate.*

Subscribe via iTunes – iTunes only link.
Download the podcast ~17:30 mins MP3.
Subscribe to feed via RSS by copying the link to your RSS Reader


Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Integrum. Integrum is a team of dedicated Rails developers who emphasize business value, speed to market, and open communitcation to build remarkable Rails applications. They build software that you’ve been told is impossible.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

* No, we don’t.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #073: 04/01/2009

Episode 73. is subtitled “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, but you’ll have to listen to find out why. This episode Jason and I are in the same room! As you might expect, much hilarity ensues.

Subscribe via iTunes – iTunes only link.
Download the podcast ~17:30 mins MP3.
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Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Integrum. Integrum is a team of dedicated Rails developers who emphasize business value, speed to market, and open communitcation to build remarkable Rails applications. They build software that you’ve been told is impossible.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #073: 04/01/2009

Episode 73. is subtitled “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, but you’ll have to listen to find out why. This episode Jason and I are in the same room! As you might expect, much hilarity ensues.

Subscribe via iTunes – iTunes only link.
Download the podcast ~17:30 mins MP3.
Subscribe to feed via RSS by copying the link to your RSS Reader


Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Integrum. Integrum is a team of dedicated Rails developers who emphasize business value, speed to market, and open communitcation to build remarkable Rails applications. They build software that you’ve been told is impossible.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #072: 03/25/2009

Episode 72.This week we’re back with improved audio quality on both sides of the microphone, and all of the great Ruby and Rails news from this week.

Subscribe via iTunes – iTunes only link.
Download the podcast ~12:30 mins MP3.
Subscribe to feed via RSS by copying the link to your RSS Reader


Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Hashrocket. Hashrocket is an expert consultancy group that uses best-of-breed technologies like Ruby on Rails to deliver the highest quality software in the least amount of time.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #071: 03/18/2009

Episode 71. TMI Edition.

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Download the podcast ~20 mins MP3.
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Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Hashrocket. Hashrocket is an expert consultancy group that uses best-of-breed technologies like Ruby on Rails to deliver the highest quality software in the least amount of time.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.

Rails Envy Podcast – Episode #071: 03/18/2009

Episode 71. TMI Edition.

Subscribe via iTunes – iTunes only link.
Download the podcast ~20 mins MP3.
Subscribe to feed via RSS by copying the link to your RSS Reader


Sponsored by Hashrocket
The Rails Envy podcast is brought to you this week by Hashrocket. Hashrocket is an expert consultancy group that uses best-of-breed technologies like Ruby on Rails to deliver the highest quality software in the least amount of time.

Sponsored by New Relic
The Rails Envy podcast is also brought to you this week by NewRelic. NewRelic provides RPM which is a plugin for rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. They also recently produced Rails Lab, which gives you expert advice on tuning and optimizing your Rails app.