Rails 3.1 Released

In case you haven’t heard the news, Rails 3.1 was released today. Lots of incremental improvements, including built-in SASS support, JQuery as the default JavaScript library, the “asset pipeline,” etc.

Git Giggle

Many thanks to Jonathan Quigg for pointing me towards Git Giggle, a UI tool that allows you to visually explore how a file in your Git repository has changed over time. Forget “git blame,” this tool is much more informative.

Reading “Eloquent Ruby”

I’m currently reading Russ Olsen’s new technical book, “Eloquent Ruby.” It’s an excellent book. I particularly like its focus on what it takes to be a truly good Ruby developer, rather than just teaching Ruby syntax. It’s a great “next book” for the developer that has learned Ruby, and now wants to learn how to use it properly and effectively.

WordPress and Zombies

This is a an excellent WordPress presentation from Brad Williams, the author of “Professional WordPress Design and Development.” The presentation provides detailed examples for creating custom post types and custom taxonomies in WordPress 3+, but with a distinct and humorous zombie flavor.

Twitter Problems

I just got “rate-limited” doing a search on Twitter for #RubyNation. This was the first time I’ve used Twitter in the past week because I’ve been busy with multiple projects. It’s also, by extension, the first and only search I’ve done in the past week. I have to say that either Twitter’s search is broken, or their algorithm for identifying people who need to be rate-limited is totally FUBAR.

Note: It turned out to be a widespread Twitter problem.