Archive for the ‘Web’ Category

Rails update

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

It’s that time of year where I get my online orienteering system out of mothballs ready for the next JOK Chasing Sprint. My first task was to update the application to the latest Rails 2.1.2 which proved to be harder than I had anticipated. I’m used to working with enterprise software where it’s a given that you can’t break users’ existing applications.

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Day off

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

* WPG2 Plugin Not Validated *I had an enforced day off work when the nursery refused to let Emma in with a bout of conjunctivitis (although interestingly the information we got from the nurse included guidance from the Health Protection Agency that eye infections were not a reason to exclude a child from school or childcare). Emma and I made the most of the opportunity (and sun) and headed over to Manor Farm Country Park for much of the day.
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Thursday @ WSTC

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Went along to see my UK colleague Andy Piper‘s presentation on "Using Social Software to Improve Your Effectiveness at Work". Andy’s an engaging speaker and his presentation was well thought out and put together. As a result I signed up for a twitter account but we’ll have to wait and see whether it gets much use let alone improving my effectiveness at work. It did also prompt me to revisit an internal file sharing tool which, having previously not realised that access could be restricted, I had discarded as much of the material I want to share is of a confidential nature.

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OpenID support

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

The observant visitor to this site may already have noticed the addition of OpenID support for logon and commenting on this site. This is easy to achieve with the WP-OpenID plugin. For now I have enabled the option to auto-approve comments submitted with an OpenID. I know having an OpenID doesn’t necessarily make you a good person but, at least for now, its more effort than your average spammer is prepared to go to.
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Immersive slideshows

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

If you spend a lot of time looking at large numbers of photos on the web then take a look at the PicLens browser plugins. It builds a 3D wall of photos from a page and allows you to zoom around them and view each one full screen. In my case, particularly useful for browsing photos on Flickr.

Upgrade weekend

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Finally had a chance to put in place a whole upgrades on this site. First up was WordPress 2.3.2. I then needed to upgrade Gallery2 for the latest version of the WPG2 so that’s now at 2.2.3. The WPG2 plugin now acts a lot more like I’d expect a plugin should. Two minor niggles. Firstly, it adds its own page which appears with all the others on the right. You can rename it but I’d rather like to get rid of it completely! Secondly, it doesn’t work with Gallery URL rewrites. Need to investigate that further but it is mitigated to a certain extent by enabling Lightbox support so you won’t usually get to the image page from a blog post anyway.
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Ruby and Zero

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Out of the box, Project Zero supports PHP and Groovy as scripting languages but, as this developerWorks article demonstrates, extending Zero to support other languages is pretty trivial. In this instance, they show how adding support for Ruby (specifically JRuby) can be achieved with one simple class. Now Rails developers have no excuse not to take a look at Zero!

Rails Overview: View

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Having covered the Model and Controller aspects of Rails in previous posts, that really means it has to be View next. I’ve already touched on the basics: the controller method renders a template, either explicitly or simply by exiting and allowing the default template for the action to rendered, and the attributes of the controller class setup by the action method are then available to the template.
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