Getting Things Done with Tracks

I've been using an OmniOutliner document to track tasks and hopefully prevent things from slipping through the cracks. It works quite well, especially when combined with kGTD to help prioritize and filter tasks as they start to pile up, but it's limited to a file on one computer. So, I can't easily add stuff from my Powerbook at home. And I can't access it when I'm not sitting in front of my G5....

August 14, 2006 · 2 min

Rails Bookmark Manager - now with hot "AJAX" action

I followed a howto for adding that hot AJAX loving to a Rails app, and now my gestating bookmark manager has a slick add-a-new-bookmark-without-reloading-the-page form, making it feel pretty responsive. I really wish del.icio.us had implemented that - it takes a LONG time to reload the page (with huge tag cloud) when adding a bookmark... Anyway, I pieced together code from a howto and a wiki page, and it took me maybe 30 minutes to get it going (with Family Guy playing in the background, so not 100% attention-requiring)....

January 1, 2006 · 1 min

Fun with Rails - Bookmark Manager

I made some time to sit down and play with Rails this evening, and thought I'd work on a simple Bookmark Manager (ala del.icio.us) - a piece of software that I am sorta familiar with, since I use del.icio.us a fair bit, and have some ideas that I think would improve the service. So, I'll try mocking them up in Rails to give me something to chew on while I learn....

December 28, 2005 · 4 min

Locomotive Ruby on Rails Distro for MacOSX

I just grabbed the Locomotive distro of Ruby on Rails for MacOSX - what a nice package! Includes the latest build of Rails, a fresh copy of Ruby, all of the database connectors, RMagick and ImageMagick, some AJAX libraries, and a bunch of other stuff to play with. Best part is - it's all self-contained in the Locomotive application, so it won't affect any of the other bits installed on my system....

October 31, 2005 · 1 min

Playing with Rails

I played around with Rails a bit today. I contrived an excuse to attempt to create a generic "event management" application. I'm familiar with the basic requirements of the app, and have a need to have a generalizable app available to share with groups and departments on campus. And, I want to play around with Rails and ruby to get a feel for what it can do. Well, I had better luck than Stephen did, but still not quite the magic "...

October 11, 2005 · 3 min

Getting feet wet with Rails

I finally made time to install Rails, planning on taking it for a test drive by making a Ruby on Rails version of the lightweight asset manager database we put together to store assets for Pachyderm. Initially, I guess my install of Rails didn't have MySQL support (why on earth wouldn't that be included right out of the box?), and it kept barfing when it tried to connect. So, I installed or updated my MySQL kit via gem install mysql and it was able to build a simple scaffolded app to let me create a single record via the dynamically generated interface....

August 7, 2005 · 3 min