Not giving money to Microsoft

Last week I had a great email conversation with the San Diego Ruby Users Group (SDRuby).  I told them “I’m on a mac. I have parallels, but no windows license. I need to test stuff in IE and don’t want to buy Windows. I have absolutely no other reason to use Windows than occasionally testing stuff on IE, thus the full cost of a windows 7 license just isn’t justifiable.”

The response from the group was incredible. It was obvious that this is a pain point for many of us who have turned our backs on Ballmer.

I got seven suggestions. Here’s a breakdown of each followed by my conclusions: (Read More)

Hang tight! Things are coming soon…

Posted On January 9, 2010

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We haven’t written much in the past few weeks for two reasons:

  1. The holidays. So much eating so little time.
  2. Mike and I have been working our asses off on two things that will be announced very shortly. One is an open source project for the Rails community and the other is a for profit business for surf travel. Both will see the light of day before the end of January!

Hang tight….
–Jon

Chosing the Right Design Bandwagon

Posted On December 15, 2009

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I nearly made a fatal web design mistake. It could have cost my company it’s future. Why? I almost hopped on the wrong design bandwagon and created a website that wouldn’t have resonated with my users.

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Getting the right HTML for Rails Nested Model Forms

Last week I had trouble getting Rails’s Nested Model Forms feature to work for me in exactly the way I wanted.  Two things were working against me: 1) No documentation that shows the complete process for nested models from ERB to HTML, to HTTP parameters, to controller code. and 2) Blogs and suggestions I came up with were close, but didn’t work.

Since I was using javascript rather than ERB to create the hidden input tags in the HTML, I needed to know exactly how to construct my tags to tell rails what to do with my nested models. (Read More)

dynamic has_many association (for lack of a better name)

Yesterday I had one of those moments in Rails where I knew there must be a really good way to do something, there had to be.  But all I could think of was the brute force way.

Technically speaking, I wanted to create collections of child objects on a parent object where the membership of each collection depended on whether the parent and the child shared an attribute in common.

In simpler terms, imagine you have a group blog.  Each post in the blog is written by one of several authors.  A Post belongs to an Author. (Read More)