Archive for November, 2007

Smart money’s on JRuby

Title provided by cuningjames from programming.reddit.com comments on Martin Fowler’s GroovyOrJRuby article

Eh. Sun’s chosen JRuby, funds its development, and publishes relevant development tools; JRuby is much faster than Groovy and stands to become more so; JRuby has rails; JRuby is roughly equivalent to a rather popular language designed by someone not hamstrung by [...]

Google Maps My Location not supported on Samsung Blackjack SGH-i607

It seems that I can’t enjoy the Google Maps Mobile 2.0 my location feature. Bummer.

** Update 2008-01-31: [Google Maps My Location supported on Samsung Blackjack SGH-i607](

Solution attempt #1

Try to switch from 3G to Edge while running google maps This didn’t work for me, does it work for you? If so, what version of [...]

2008: The year of JRuby?

2008 will probably be the year of JRuby. JRuby solves the two biggest pain points I hear from developers about Ruby.

People think Ruby is slow, so I can’t try it out. I don’t know how we would deploy it, what is all this Apache/Mongrel/Rewrite stuff? Can’t I just deploy on our app server?

Headius by [...]

SCM and Alternative Input Methods

We’re close to a day when we’ll have the Minority Report interface for managing our branches and merging.

We’ve gone from the wonderful 2D and whiteboard drawings/DOT graphs to some interesting 3D visualizations coupled with alternative interfaces:

Not that I think most people need 3D to get meaningful work accomplished, but I think [...]

3 easy steps to your first Selenium acceptance test.

People keep asking me how to start writing Selenium tests. I’m going to give all my secrets away in this easy 3 step plan.

Begin by recording your high level test with Selenium IDE, convert the result into the language of your choice and put the code in a unit test. Walk through the generated code [...]