Recent happenings: Ruby on Rails and Github

I have a half-written post about how you can auto-populate a PDF from a spreadsheet. I confess that it’s been that way for over a week now. I promise, I’ll make a solid effort to get to it this week!

So, what’s taking me so long? Ruby on Rails.

I remember hearing all the hype about RoR several years ago, and I’ve had a book about Rails on my reading list for a few years now. I re-discovered the book a few weeks ago, and decided to spend some time scanning through it to finally see what all the hype is about. Well, before I new it, I was firing up Aptana on my Linux box and working through tutorials. Learning Rails has been like reading a really good book that you just can’t seem to put down. If you aren’t reading it, you are thinking about reading it. And if you aren’t thinking about reading it, it’s only because you’re thinking about trying not to think about it.

I’ve also started using Github.com for the most recent set of tutorials that I’ve started. If you aren’t familiar with Github, the best way I can explain it (as a newcomer) is that it’s kind of like social networking for programmers. Instead of sharing photos, you share blocks of code. Pretty cool.

By the way, if you’re on Github, you can follow me by doing a search for fw-coder (my github username), and then click follow. There’s nothing on there but tutorial codes, and a couple of test repos at the moment. Maybe I’ll be inspired to do something more interesting soon.

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