Author Archives: Darren

Installing Virtualbox Guest Additions On a Vagrant Lucid64 Box

I’ve been working through the new Deploying Rails book and found that the Ubuntu lucid64 image installed by Vagrant doesn’t come bundled with the latest version of the VirtualBox Guest Additions. I’ll walk through the steps necessary to install the … Continue reading

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Testing XML in Flex and Ruby

I’ve just started reading Ruby Best Practices and the TDD chapter pointed out how best to test complex XML output. I found myself in a similar situation in Flex the other day so it was relieving to read that my … Continue reading

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Why I’ve Moved From PHP to Ruby

This year I’ve started playing with Ruby and Rails. Once I had put together some basic demo apps I realized how much faster it is to use Rails instead of PHP. I’ve been discussing this with one of our sysadmins … Continue reading

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Commands, Events, or Calling a Function Directly

I was talking with a coworker about the best way to trigger actions from a component in Flex. There are a few ways you can do it and each language has it’s preferred technique. In Flex, you’d most likely handle … Continue reading

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How to Fail (and look good doing it)

VanDev has an interesting talk coming up called How to Fail (and look good doing it) which talks about how to turn a project failure into a learning experience for the team. I’m curious to see what they say about … Continue reading

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Always Shippable

Yesterday I attended Josh Kerievsky’s Always Shippable tutorial at the Agile Vancouver conference. Josh is a sharp guy and went over how his company has implemented Continuous Delivery in the past 6 months. Josh explained that Industrial Logic has reduced … Continue reading

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Rails Jam For Newbies!

Over the past couple of months I’ve been hacking on Ruby and Rails for fun. The local Rails group has organized a Rails Jam for Newbies event on Nov 20 and I will be there! It’ll be neat to work … Continue reading

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VanDev Kanban Talk

On Monday night I checked out Chris Simmons talk on Kanban, a system of visualizing work in progress, as applied to software development. Chris got into specifics about how they use Kanban at Sophos and how it’s worked for them. … Continue reading

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Estimating

There’s so many good presentations happening now and Monday was another one called Estimating: The Sociological Effects in a Group. Great talk by Todd Williams who specializes in rescuing failing projects. There were two big takeaways for me: Statistically, the … Continue reading

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Agile 101

Yesterday I attended the Agile 101 workshop put on by Agile Vancouver. I’ve had some experience with Agile techniques before but wanted to go through a refresher and also hear what they had to say about lean software development, since … Continue reading

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