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Have my dream job!

Posted by Mon, 10 Jul 2006 22:32:00 GMT

1 comment Latest by Manik Juneja Tue, 11 Jul 2006 14:23:02 GMT

CDBaby.com is hiring top-notch rails developers!

If I wasn’t so attached to working with my awesome team at PLANET ARGON... ;-)

You’ll get to work with the best technologies… PostgreSQL and Ruby on Rails!

If you recall, I conducted an interview with Derek Sivers and Jeremy Kemper on my O’Reilly author blog. You can read it here.

Don’t forget, we’re also hiring.

Interview with CD Baby

Posted by Wed, 02 Nov 2005 22:25:00 GMT

Last month I conducted an interview with Derek Sivers and Jeremy Kemper of CD Baby… this is the result.

Portland Ruby Brigade meets CD Baby

Posted by Wed, 05 Oct 2005 05:25:00 GMT

This is what happened to the Portland Ruby Brigade today:
  • Got double booked on meeting night with the PHP group
  • Got asked to leave after getting threats of the lights being turned off
  • Stayed almost til closing time at a brew… we heard, “Last Call!” and still continued talking…

Tonight I finally got to meet Ben, Caleb, Justin Watkins, Marcus Estes, Lennon Day-Reynolds, Jeremy Kempter (bitsweat), Aaron Johnson, and Peat Bakke-each for the first time. I also got to see Scott Laird (of Typo fame) and John Labovitz again. Scott and I met at FOSCON and John once found me when he was trying to hack people at a coffee shop and saw that I was on the wireless network. Okay, he wasn’t hacking… but found me at Urban Grind. :)

We had about ~25 people show up. I don’t think that there was a head count made. We sat around in a big circle and fired questions at both Derek Sivers and Jeremy Kemper. Topics ranged from how Derek found his way to PostgreSQL to why he thinks that he is an amazing web designer (smirk) to why Ruby and Rails was picked as the platform to move to from a PHP/MySQL system. Jeremy shared some insights into some problems with Rails that need to be worked on (boolean-stuff for example), tips on debugging, and many other things that I don’t recall off the top of my head.

It was a very relaxed and open conversation with some cool local developers who are working on getting their Rails/PostgreSQL system finished.

After we got kicked out of FreeGeek most of migrated to the Lucky Lab Pub… and then we realized that Derek and Jeremy didn’t show up. So, we found our ways to a big table and broke up into smaller conversations. I got stuck at the table with Ben, Scott, Caleb, and John. Actually, it was quite enjoyable. Scott talked about his work with Typo and Ben and I gave him some of our thoughts on things.

This is a horrible summary of the whole evening. It’s what I remember… and it’s late and I look forward to getting to hang out with this gang again in the future. I think that it was great to get to finally meet a few of the people that I have worked on some smaller projects with. If everything works out well, expect there to be some more projects coming out of the PDX.rb in the coming months. :-)

Thanks again to Derek Sivers and Jeremy Kemper for taking time out of their busy schedule to meet & greet with the Portland Ruby people. :-)

CDBaby Q&A at next Portland Ruby Brigade meeting

Posted by Fri, 23 Sep 2005 20:06:00 GMT

I just posted on the Portland Ruby Brigade blog that Derek Sivers and Jeremy Kemper (bitsweat) will be coming to the next PDX.rb user group meeting. Derek and Jeremy will field questions from all of us in regards to their complete rewrite of CD Baby from PHP+MySQL to Ruby+Rails+PostgreSQL. (my favorite open-source projects!)

This will take place at FreeGeek in Portland, Oregon on October 4th, 2005!

For more information, see the Portland Ruby Brigade website

The Zen of Ruby on Rails

Posted by Mon, 11 Apr 2005 01:46:00 GMT

It’s 1:30PM PST, and I am about to devote the next several hours to programming with Ruby on Rails. I haven’t been able to spend much time the last several days as I have been wrapping up a project that was started in PHP. I ended up spending about 7 hours the other day Refactoring a good chunk of the code base, using many of the examples outlined in Fowler’s book (catalog). Derek Sivers suggested this book last winter when I had the privilege of meeting him and discussing programming a bit. The book has been on my desk more than any other book since I purchased it at Powells in December.

Part of me wished that there was a good implementation of Active Record in PHP, so I debated writing it, but came across this from January. The author seems to use Ruby on Rails. I might get around to playing with it soon and see if it’ll make my PHP work a little less gruesome. :-)

In other news, my clients Rails-based application is coming along nicely. grins more

I am probably going to order a few books this week to promote some more best practice approaches to OO. If anyone has some good suggestions, feel free to comment and share the titles.

Cheers