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Monday, June 20, 2005


The madhatter wrote a book... almost

Surfing the O'Reilly website, I got the idea to write a book about Subversion. (I had to install, configure and use Subversion a few months ago and to write an article about it. I like Subversion though and really wanted to write more in detail about it. I had some hard issues with Eclipse and Subclipse with Subversion and might have some useful hints to tell other people about.)
But somebody already had that idea last year. ...that is long ago, while Subversion is still in a development process. There probably will be a second edition soon. Will there be needs for a second book. Not at O'Reilly though.

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Monday, June 06, 2005


For those who don't speak english at all...

...there now is a german del.icio.us clone available at icio.de.
The URL is not as funny as del.icio.us and right now it seems there aren't too many people using it yet. But right now it's still beta and there is the chance that more people will use the german tool. I will stick with del.icio.us, because I think there is no need for a translated version and I am not in the mood to move over and handle all a bit different then to have the same results.
And now Joshua has just moved to new servers on the weekend.

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Quake 4 Trailer

I am not into games anymore. I think Quake 3 has been the last new game I played for a while. Now I came across a link to the next Quake: Quake 4. And there already is a trailer available. Hope this is not too old news or just fake. The trailer looks very cool, though.

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Saturday, June 04, 2005


Start with M$

Just read it at mESH's blog that Google's personalized homepage will get a competitor. After answering a few questions here you may take a look what will happen at start.com in the near future.
Guess what?! - I don't care.

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Friday, June 03, 2005


Hack-a-lot: Ruby syntax highlighting

At the moment I am exercising in ruby with vim, of course, because vim is the best and fastest editor I ever had my hands on.

While I happen to have a BBedit license, I sometimes want to use it. I now found an old file that gives syntax highlighting support for ruby to BBedit.
Taking a look at BBedit's configuration it seems it does not support too many languages by default... vim also knows that I want a tab in a new line when def'ining a new action...

But who am I kidding? Vim's the best editor.

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posted by madhatter @ 9:31 PM



Hack-a-lot: Ruby on Rails, Tiger and PostgreSQL

Although I had to do lot of work to do for my written tests in the last few days, I had to play around with Ruby on Rails. Yeah, had to.
Maybe you remember me installing Oracle 10g on Mac OSX? - Now I wanted to use it with RoR, of course. But it seemed that either Oracle 10g did not want to speak to the Oracle8 adapter or RoR has no idea what a tablespace and what a database is. I tried everything, but with no luck at all.

Now I installed PostgreSQL on my iBook, too. No problem, it's not as large as Oracle and it will help me finding out, if I am dumb or just despairing on some software version conflicts.

Installing PostgreSQL on Tiger is the same procedure as on Panther, Jaguar, Kitten, whatever: you just have to install readline (via fink or elsewise) and then compile PostgreSQL, create a default user who owns the database, create a database and start the server.

Everything will work with no trouble until you want to hit the database with ruby. Once again the driver/adapter will be a pain in the a**, because gem install postgres-pr just will install without any errors but not work at all. Somewhere you get the hint to just use the other libs and do a gem install postgres.

That one will not install offhand. One and a half hour later you then have the solution:

gem install postgres

cd /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/postgres-0.7.1/

ruby extconf.rb --with-pgsql-include-dir=/usr/local/pgsql/include
--with-pgsql-lib-dir=/usr/local/pgsql/lib

make install

Now the adapter is installed and you may start editing your config/database.yml file.

And: Yesterday I saw that Flo put some links together for Ruby on Rails beginners. I haven't had a closer look at it, but I will do that later tonight.

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Thursday, June 02, 2005


Statistics released

Yesterday I took a look at the statistics for the domain. I don't do that very often because normally there is not too much to see. But what did I have to see there this time? - 7418 visits in May?? Is really somebody reading this? And it seems that hits from bloglines don't even count.
So, because I don't believe that from now on I will get a second statistic from sitemeter. Next month I will know if I have readers then.

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Ruby, Rails and Tiger

I read a lot about Ruby and Rails in the last few weeks and I have been interested in both for a while now. A few days ago I stumbled across an interesting blog posting that informs about the trouble with Ruby after upgrading to Tiger on Mac OS X.
The author wrote a script that will fix those bugs he is talking about. While the article also says that it will install rails via ruby gems this is no longer true. It will only install ruby gems. If you like to install rails later then just type gem install rails and you will then have to accept installing a few dependencies.

It really works fine for me on Tiger and as you can read in the comments it probably should even work with Jaguar and installed Ruby in version 1.8.

It's a shame I have to learn that much right now for the written examinations, because it would be so much more fun playing around with RubyOnRails of course.

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posted by madhatter @ 11:32 AM