Cool paper animation

March 20, 2008

Check it out.

www.javanivey.com/my_paper_mind.html

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Trying SVN

March 13, 2008

I’ve been planning on using a content versioning system for sooo long and I’ve finally made the move. Im using TortoiseSVN. So far its been pretty straight forward, i can’t wait to start thrashing it for all my web dev (also gotta get an online server working somehow). I made the move because i’m going to attempt to get a working merged system of MODx & phpshop 1.2.

I have had one problem though, when creating a tag from the HEAD, it only copies the files and not the child directories and their folders… hrmrmrm

We’ve finally made our company website live. www.chasethesun.co.nz

yay!

RoR

March 11, 2008

Last night I decided to have a break from the code. So I decided to read up on RoR. Evan had been harping on about how glorious it is so I thought I would give it a shot. I had a look at this intro tute, decided to print it out and ended up staying up all night reading the entire thing. It seemed the more I read on, the more I came to realise the similarities of RoR to the CodeIgniter php framework that I have come to love. The first impressions I get of RoR is that it has a strong sence of an application development environment about it. The OOP, the automation, the testing, its all just too easy. A little too easy some might say. Anyway, being a developer based predominantly on php & javascript there were a few things that stood out to me which were:

  • The forced OOP
  • Ruby’s quick & simple syntax
    • Method dot notation & no requirement to tack on empty parentheses after a method call that has no parameters.
    • A method automatically returns the return value of the last line of code in the method.
    • The ! and ? method notations.
    • Shorthand setter method notation. eg: car.mileage = 5000 instead of car.mileage(5000)
    • No ++ or — operators 😦
    • Shortcut string declearations that use quotes. eg: %Q(Arnie said, "I'm back!")
    • Array decleration of just using brackets. eg: service_mileage = [5000, 15000, 3000]
    • Shorthand string array declearation. eg: %w ( red green blue black )
    • Hashes
    • Symbols (like a string literal but with basic functionality)
    • Blocks! (like prototype .each())
  • The automated 3 environments (development, testing, production)
  • MVC architecture
  • ActionPack including ActionRecord (which I love in codeIgniter)
  • ActionMailer (rail’s generic email handler)
  • Code generation
  • Testing & Debugging

I think my next little web app that I try will be in RoR 🙂

Can’t sleep

March 6, 2008

My mind is racing about work & rugby. Our first pre-season game is on Saturday and going of our recent trainings I have a bit to brush up on my ball skills, my passing is far from acceptable! Anyway, here I was trying to make myself go to sleep. I tried relaxing, forcing myself to feel my limbs are all heavy etc. I even tried the reverse of trying not to fall asleep (that usually works too). But I always seemed to tense up going over our backline moves and the timing and angle to run! Argh, i then thought about putting some GTD audio books onto my mp3 player and listening to them since whenever im trying to concerntrate on learning stuff I struggle to stay awake. Then I thought, there so has got to be some audiobooks/mp3s out there to help you sleep. I did a quick google search and found this. Its about: ‘Polyphasic sleep = not sleeping at night, but many naps throughout 24/7’ crazy concept but im too scared to try it.

The lame thing is I can’t find any free sleepy mp3s to download right now, just torrents. I just downloaded some gay named sounds of nature sleeping mp3s of *gasp* limewire. I was more after some information/explanation on how to get to sleep more efficiently but ill try these and see how they go lol.