Goodbye _why.

If you’ve had your hand in Ruby or Rails, you’ve probably heard of Why the Lucky Stiff (aka, _why), an online persona of a programmer who was one of the more influential Rubyists next to Yukihiro Matsumoto (creator of Ruby, aka, Matz) and David Heinemeier Hansson (creator of Rails, aka, DHH).  As of this afternoon,… Read More

DataMapper Oracle Adapter for Ruby

Raimonds (@rsim) recently posted his initial version of an Oracle adapter for DataMapper. DataMapper maps Ruby objects to relational database objects, so if you’re a Rails or JRuby developer, you can use Raimonds’ adapter to get into your Oracle databases. Raimonds previously created an Oracle adapter for ActiveRecord, another Ruby-relational database mapping tool that he… Read More

We’re in a Book

I just found out this morning from a new friend of the ‘Lab, Emanuele, that our work has been mentioned in print. W00t! Specifically, Niall Cook mentions the IdeaFactory and Mix, in his book, Enterprise 2.0: How Social Software Will Change the Future of Work. Rich is mentioned by name, and his post on building… Read More

Mix Listed on Ruby on

Over the weekend, David Heinemeier Hansson, affectionately know as DHH, creator of Rails, made updates to One change was the addition of Oracle Mix to the list of production apps running Rails. Check out the list; you’ll probably recognize several of the apps there, and about the middle of the page, below the fold,… Read More

DIY Development

The WSJ Business Technology blog has a post about “Where the Next Generation of Techies Won’t Come from“. Aside from offending my grammatical sensibilities, you know, ending a sentence with a preposition, the post interests me for a couple reasons. The crux of the post refers to statistics published by the Computer Research Association that… Read More

Mix Gets a Plug at Google

Ola Bini of ThoughtWorks, who worked with Rich on the initial development of Mix last Fall, gave a tech talk at Google last week on “JRuby: The power of Java and Ruby“. He mentions Mix at about minute 61 and talks briefly about the project, built on the “red stack”, i.e. JRuby running on Oracle… Read More

Shout Out from Sweden

Johan “The Killer App” Myrberger has a nice post on AppsLab today. He says some nice things about AppsLab and how we’ve influenced his views of Oracle. This line is classic: I must admit I don’t know much about Oracle as a company. I know they have a database product, but apparently they do much… Read More

Mix Rake Stats

Artem Vasiliev asked for the Mix rake stats… here they are: +———————-+——-+——-+———+———+—–+——-+ | Name                 | Lines |   LOC | Classes | Methods | M/C | LOC/M | +———————-+——-+——-+———+———+—–+——-+ | Controllers          |  1825 |  1504 |      22 |     145 |   6 |     8 | | Helpers              |   248 |   217 |       0 |      28 |   0… Read More

On JavaScripting

Now a little something for our techie readers… we do have a few right? One aspect of Ruby on Rails that I don’t like (surprising, I know) is the bundled Prototype JavaScript library.  When Prototype came out, I loved it.  The $() selector introduced a novel way of writing JS code.  Then other libraries came… Read More