This American Life recently profiled Harold Washington, the first black mayor of Chicago. The episode featured one of the most stiring sound bites in my recent memory - a portion of a debate that served as Washington’s coming-out party. It was easy to imagine myself listening to the minute-long segment on the radio and knowing instantly that whether I liked it our not, this longshot is going to win.
Have you noticed how much easier it is to remember directions in your own city? Think about the last time your printer ran out of ink and you had to jot directions to a restaurant on a post-it. Compare that to writing out directions from a hotel to a restaurant in an unfamiliar city.
Just a quick note that I’ll be speaking on “Lessons from the Trenches “ Learning from the Rails Bootcamp at the regional Ruby on Rails Conference dubbed acts_as_conference (a play on the Rails way of introducing behavior through code) in Orlando, Florida, on Feb 8-9.
As technologists and especially programmers we are always expected to automate as much of any process as we can. In general, this is a good rule of thumb and I’m a big follower of that philosophy.
Andre and I recently finished the initial launch of Placeshout’s Facebook application. There are several “getting started” tutorials available on building Facebook applications with Ruby on Rails, but there were quite a few issues we ran into that are beyond a “How To” blog entry.
The following quotes were heard during the first two days at the Big Nerd Ranch Ruby on Rails Bootcamp, here in Wiesbaden, Germany. They could have been said during the super-intensive course or during the hands-on building of a fully working sample application. Or maybe during the wine-tasting….