“Meet Rails” presentation materials from Chippewa Valley Code Camp

Posted by Brian in Howto, Rails, tips, web (November 24th, 2008)

I gave a talk at the Chippewa Valley Code Camp earlier this month where I built a Rails pastebin application using test-first development principles. Since there were no slides for this, I’ve prepared a small PDF that will walk you through the installation instructions and the coding of the application I built.

Download Meet Rails to get started.

You can grab the source code for the finished project at Github.

Watch this site, as this project may get turned into a full-scale book.

“Web Design for Developers” now available in Beta

Posted by Brian in News, Products, Projects, Usability, web (November 19th, 2008)

Web Design for Developers

My book Web Design for Developers is now available in Beta form.

You’ll learn how to design a web site from start to finish, and you’ll use many of the techniques and thought processes you’ve come to rely on as an application developer. You’ll learn some color theory, some typography basics, some XHTML and CSS, and how to incorporate Photoshop and Illustrator into a work flow that works for you, not against you.

You can buy an early copy and then contribute to the feedback cycle to help make this an even better book when it eventually ships. You can purchase the PDF and start reading now, or preorder the printed book which will ship after the beta process finishes up.

Fixing TextMate for Rails 2.0

Posted by Brian in Rails, Testing, tips (November 7th, 2008)

Rails 2.0 and above have some changes that break Textmate, a very popular development environment for Rails developers.

Running Tests

Rails 2.0 projects generate unit and functional tests with a relative require to test_helper. This change breaks
the Command-R (Run) and Command-Shift-R (Run Focused Unit Test) commands to fail since they can’t
include the necessary helpers. I finally spent a little time figuring this one out and the
answer is to modify the bundle commands themselves.

Open up the bundle editor, locate the Ruby bundle, and choose to edit the &lquot;Run&rquot; command.

Change it from


to this:


Now edit the &lquot;Run Focused Unit Test&rquot; command and make the same change.

Fixing incompatibilities with Builder

Rails 2.0 contains its own version of builder.rb. We have to take out the original one that TextMate provided
so our stuff starts working again.

mv /Applications/TextMate.app/Contents/SharedSupport/Support/lib/Builder.rb /Applications/TextMate.app/Contents/SharedSupport/Support/lib/Builder.rb.bak 

New Rails bundle

Open a new terminal and type this:

  cd "~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles"
  git clone git://github.com/drnic/ruby-on-rails-tmbundle.git "Ruby on Rails.tmbundle"