APR
30
2005

RESTful pasting

I found this great little ruby program on isaac's random rants blog - it takes the contents of the klipper clipboard, sends it to rafb.net which is 'code snippets temporary storage' site. You put your clipping there, and it returns you the URL back on the clipboard that you can paste into an IRC channel or whatever. I added a 'lang=Ruby' attribute too so the snippet gets labelled as a Ruby one.

APR
25
2005

Korundum Ruby To Do List

Aaron was interested in what I thought needed doing with KDE/ruby and I
mailed him this to do list the other day. Here it is in case anyone else
is interested.

A lot of the items are tidy sub-projects that perhaps people might be
interested in taking up (btw anything involving ruby is usually fun)..

APR
7
2005

Woman suckles tiger cub

I read this article in today's Guardian.

Call it a touching act of altruism or a curious assertion of maternal capability, but the bottom line is 40-year-old Hla Htay is breastfeeding a Bengal tiger cub.
...
As to why Ms Htay has offered her services, when bottled milk could do just as well? "I don't even want to go there," says Strike.

APR
5
2005

Rails, the Ruby tipping point?

Everywhere I look on the web these days there seem to be enthusiastic articles about Ruby on Rails, the web application framework.

On Slashdot, with nearly 500 comments posted in a matter of hours. Or Linux Journal or an O'Reilly blog where Rael Dornfest discusses what a great combination Rails and Ajax form.

MAR
31
2005

Cannibal flesh donor program

I like to get my head round the latest and greatest in 'shiny new ideas', but I'm having trouble with umm 'digesting' this one.

FEB
16
2005

JWZ on Groupware

I thought this was a brilliant blog by JWZ explaining how Netscape fell apart, and why writing 'corporate groupware' driven by specs from faceless managerial types is absolutely not the way to develop anything people would actually want. He was cautioning Nat Friedman about getting too excited about Novell's new Hula groupware.

FEB
12
2005

Learning KDE programming

Hans Oischinger talks about how he found it hard to learn about programming the Qt/KDE api.

All of his comments apply to ruby Korundum programming; in ruby you can use slots/signals, KConfig XT .kcfg files, Qt Designer .ui files, KXMLGUI .rc files, DCOP, KDE::Parts (KParts) or subclass KDE::Command (KCommand). But the problem with total ruby/KDE integration is that the docs, if they exist at all, are for the C++ api.

JAN
14
2005

Are Cockroaches Conscious?

I enjoyed reading the answers to the question "What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?" here. My favourite was by Alun Anderson, Editor-in-Chief New Scientist. His topic was how he thought insects were conscious..

JAN
12
2005

KSpy Object Inspector

The other week I wrote about the 'Object Inspector' features of the KDevelop Ruby Debugger that make use of the various sort of Qt runtime metadata and show it in the debugger's Variable Tree. I thought it would be nice to have something similar for debgging C++ programs.

JAN
3
2005

Ruby OO Debugging

I've been working on the QtRuby and Korundum bindings full time for nearly a year and a half now, and I'm really pleased how well it's turned out. It's been my ambition to create a development environment for about 20 years or so, and it's a great feeling to have to think 'how an earth could I ever top this?'. Lots things have turned out better than I ever could have expected; such as total completeness the Smoke library in its coverage of the Qt and KDE apis.

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