One of our current projects at Highgroove sends a lot of email to its users. It essentially walks them through a process and emails them at each step. All of those messages include URL’s to visit the relevant page in the application for that step. Since we’ve emailed them the URL’s we don’t want them to have to login every time they click one.
At Big Nerd Ranch, we follow a pretty minimal style for our slides. It is important to us, however, that our slide shows go in and out of subversion easily. Also, it is important that we can easily generate a book from a collection of slide shows. As such, we have written our own replacement for PowerPoint.
Andre and I will be at SF Beta tonight demoing PlaceShout, our short-form local reviews service.
We’re using Scout, our monitoring and reporting application, to graph the performance of our Rails applications and servers.
Better = more work. Tools that “make better easier” are rare.
We’re working on our subscription plans for Scout. While working on the plans,
we took a look at what other subscription-based services are charging for access.
For a recent Rails project, I had to use PostgreSQL instead of the standard MySQL for the database. Setting up Postgres on Mac OS 10.5 has some quirks, which I will share with you here.
Tracking the results of your blatant self-promotion campaign can be a time-consuming effort. You might be using Google Analytics for web traffic and FeedBurner for blog subscribers. You’re probably checking link referrals. You’re querying the database for usage statistics (user signups, logins, etc.), etc.