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Ruby on Rails

Setting up Ruby on Rails and Using Capistrano to Deploy Ruby on Rails Applications to Media Temple Dedicated Virtual Server 3.0

Note: This tutorial is now quite dated, so I would not recommend attempting to follow it. Instead, take a look at Media Temple’s instructions for configuring Mongrel Clusters. I recently deployed a Ruby on Rails application to Media Temple’s Dedicated Virtual Server 3.0 setup, and after running into a few problems along the way, eventually […]

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Ruby on Rails

Refactoring Rails

My most recent project at work has been developing a Ruby on Rails application – the same one I started a long time ago. The project was on hiatus for a number of months because of higher priorities, but now at the top of my list again. Since I last touched the code, wants and […]

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Programming

Why you should be a Pragmatic Programmer

Let’s face it: The barriers to becoming a programmer are extremely low. Whether this is a good or bad thing is debatable, but an almost infinite number of internet resources means that anyone with the time and desire can learn pretty much any programming language. This, my friends, is a problem. You see, a lot […]

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Programming

A little bit of insanity

Note: _why removed all of his sites and code from the web in August 2009, so the links below won’t work. A good portion of his stuff has been archived at the whymirror project on Github. One of the most interesting, and by far the most entertaining, people in the Ruby community is a mysterious […]

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Work

New EduTech Website – One Month Update

Ok, so it’s not exactly one month yet, but November 15th was supposed to be the go live date for the new EduTech website until Kael decided to arrive a little earlier than planned. I think enough time has passed to make a few observations and discuss some of the lessons learned. First, the feedback […]

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Programming

Embracing Project Constraints

Recently, I’ve been hearing a similar theme about software project management from a couple of difference places. I like it so much that I want to pass it along. When working on a project of any size, people naturally want to reduce or eliminate as many constraints as possible. We assume that adding more time, […]

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Misc.

A Whole Lot of Crap

It’s been awhile since I last wrote, and a lot has happened in that time. I have been really busy with both work and school the month, although that’s not really anything new. I’ve been doing a lot of little projects and activities for work, and it almost feels like I’ve been running in place […]

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Web Accessibility

More Perl – I’m Stumped

I’ve been making good progress on modifying the CGI scripts today, but I think I just hit the most difficult one. The workshop evaluation page is made up of over 100 different radio buttons, along with several drop-down menus. The problem I’ve run into is that the portion of the page with all of the […]

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Web Development

Adventures in Perl

Work is progressing steadily on EduTech’s web site accessibility project. ITD’s most recent ADA compliance testing run on February 3rd looked much better than previous reports. The biggest contributor to this was due to us changing the way the ND TASL site address was handled. Previously, an alias was set up that redirected www.edutech.nodak.edu/ndtasl to […]