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Rails development in 2006...

Posted by Tue, 03 Jan 2006 02:53:00 GMT

5 comments Latest by Robby Russell Thu, 05 Jan 2006 04:27:42 GMT

It’s been almost a year since Curt Hibbs article, Rolling with Ruby on Rails was published on ONLamp. Since then we’ve witnessed this huge community of talented individuals emerge . Wow. What a year.

Your Thoughts?

Will 2006 be an even bigger year for the Rails project? Will we see more development firms emerge with highly talented Rails developers? What is everybody doing currently and what are they planning on doing? Conferences… books… fun… fun… fun.

Viva la Argonistas!

At PLANET ARGON, we’re in the middle of a complete reorganization of how we can be of better service to you. As of the start of this year… we are bigger, better, and you’ll likely notice some new faces. Who? We’re not telling (quite) yet. ;-)

What I can promise:


PLANET ARGON: January 2006


I wish you all the best in 2006!

Continue to stay tuned…

46 hours on rails...

Posted by Fri, 16 Dec 2005 15:42:00 GMT

2 comments Latest by Carita Mon, 21 Aug 2006 12:03:06 GMT

PLANET ARGON is still working out some of the details … but we’re planning a 46 hours on Rails project.

Expect more updates in the next day or two… but it will be awesome!

Any guesses as to what it might be?

Hint #1. It will not involve a slideshow presentation…

PLANET ARGON: Official hosting sponsor of the Typo project

Posted by Fri, 16 Dec 2005 04:34:00 GMT

1 comment Latest by null Tue, 20 Jun 2006 07:49:05 GMT

We’re excited to announce that as of last week, the Typo development team and PLANET ARGON made an arrangement to relocate the current hosting of the Typo project to PLANET ARGON. This includes moving Subversion, Trac, downloads, mailing list(s), IRC bot, etc. There is also rumor that some energy will be going into creating a new home page for the project.

David Gibbons is currently working on migrating everything over for them and we are managing this process through our BaseCamp with the Typo team. He’ll be posting an update on his blog when this process is finished.

We’re honored that they chose PLANET ARGON to the official hosting sponsor of the Typo project. We were the first hosting provider to offer Typo hosting to customers back in April.

We look forward to helping Typo prepare for 2006…

Random update…

I thought it would be amusing to see just how I fit into the history of Typo. Aside from PLANET ARGON being the first host to offer Typo hosting… I was one of the first few people to run Typo as a blog… or at least I tried… see ticket #8

I was also the first person to ever run Typo on PostgreSQL (ticket #9). ... like that would surprise anyone. ;-)

During this period of moving from Tobias to PLANET ARGON, we are collecting email information for people so that when we help launch the new site for the project… you’ll all be notified. (coming soon)

Another Brick in the Wall

Posted by Mon, 05 Dec 2005 15:47:00 GMT

Today is my 26th birthday!

Today I am getting our new Lead Systems Administrator, David Gibbons, up to speed with how we run our hosting servers. Expect to hear more from him in the near future. He’s jumping in and going to help take some of the hosting responsibility off of my lap as I am spending more of my time working with clients and our developers.

December is a huge month for PLANET ARGON and we have lots of fun things to announce over the next few weeks. David should have a headshot on our about page in the next few days. You can spot him in our IRC channel as dgibbons. Stop by and introduce yourself to him! I’ve known David for about 3 years and it’s great to have him join the team!

Today I am also celebrating that I got engaged last night. My lovely girlfriend took me out for dinner last night and proposed to me!

Today I turn 26 and it looks like the next year is going to be pretty exciting… :-D

...back to work.

some friends and us are meeting up at Lucky Lab brewery in SE Portland tonight:

From Allison’s email to people: Robby’s Birthday! (at the Lucky Lab) Date: Monday, Dec 05, 2005 Time: 7:00 PM Address: 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd.,, Portland, OR


Localization with Rails and PostgreSQL, part 1

Posted by Wed, 30 Nov 2005 17:36:00 GMT

1 comment Latest by Wed, 28 Jun 2006 03:43:44 GMT

One of the client projects that PLANET ARGON is working on requires that it work in about 20 different languages. Jeremy has been investigating different plugins for Rails to help us accomplish this. He came across Globalize.

Globalize is a Ruby on Rails plugin designed to support multilingual applications. It’s under the MIT License, same as Ruby on Rails.

Locale.set( 'en-US' )
d = Diet.find( 1 ) -> "Vegetarian"

... we want to pull back the German version. No, it doesn’t translate it for you.. just pulls back another version of the object with the desired locale.

Locale.set( 'de-DE' )
d = Diet.find( 1 ) -> "Vegetarier"

Pretty cool, right?

Well, we’re primarily working with PostgreSQL and the Globalize plugin didn’t pass tests with it. That’s now fixed as I found out from Jeremy that he was given COMMIT rights to the Globalize plugin and it now passes all tests against PostgreSQL!

We’ll keep you updated on how well it works as we dig deeper into using it. :-)

Rails is keeping us busy and a book recommendation

Posted by Wed, 30 Nov 2005 14:51:00 GMT

I’ve been so damn busy… and I have been neglecting this blog. Forgive me!

During my few trips to San Francisco and back to Portland in the past few weeks, I had a chance to pick-up and read a copy of, The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki. It was recommended by Al Hulaton, someone who I bounce business ideas and stories with on an almost daily basis…he is working on getting a blog up!

The book was a fairly quick read and had a fair amount of useful anecdotes… which seem relevant to those bootstrapping a brand new product… or to those just working on expanding their business, recruiting people, and managing the expectations of clients. I’ll probably post some other entries related to specific pieces of the book in the near future.

If you’re anyone…starting anything... it’s worth the read.

December will be the biggest month that PLANET ARGON has seen since it’s inception. Our team will be growing, we will be sharing stories, things will expand, I will turn 26 (Dec 5th), and we will have tons of fun! Our Rails development work is keeping us insanely busy. :-)

If you haven’t noticed… we’ve been adding pictures to our Flickr page.

...stay tuned for more details.

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