Thursday, February 19, 2009


Every time I find code that is already written for me, and written better than I would have done it. I remember why I love Ruby on Rails.

<%= highlight(@trees, "tree") %>
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;

The new edition, out March 15th, 2009.
Agile Web Development with Rails, Third Edition

Friday, February 13, 2009

Keeping an eye on what I am doing

I like David Seah's idea of a "Task Order Up". My current implementation is pushing that together with the hipster PDA (binder clip and 3x5 cards), using sticky 3x5 notes to put my current objective/task on my monitor, so I can get back on track when I inevitably get off of it. It has a yak shaving aspect as well, where if I hit a blocker like "have to update version of solr" before I can accomplish the next task, I push the update solr task on top of the task (or stack of tasks) it is blocking. Then, when I finish the solr task, I pop it off, and there was thing it was blocking underneath.(LIFO approach)  What makes it better than a computery way of doing this is that the index card is always visible, not buried behind other windows. I guess it would be good as a sidebar app, if I could give up that screen real estate.

Seems to be working so far.