When I first set out to learn Chef I found that most of the blog posts, tutorials and even the Opscode Help pages themselves were a bit difficult to understand, to say the least. The ontology surrounding Chef is pretty hard to grasp for beginners: Resources, Clients, Nodes, knife, chef, Chef Server, Shef, Cookbooks, Recipes and so on. What I really needed when I started out was a specific walk-through of anything so long as it worked. And a lot of stuff doesn’t.
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I had a fun time at Music Hack Day London 2010, despite only being there physically for the Saturday. The team, made up of Yves, Chris and myself, with camerawork provided by Patrick, created an Android app to discover musical treasure. It won the 7digital prize.
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I wrote this rake task for running the rspec and cucumber tests for a Rails app whilst ensuring that only one database is used. It took a bit of Googling and lots of trial and error so thought I’d share it.
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Amazon recently announced that their CloudFront service now supports serving of an arbitrary object at the root URL of a CloudFront domain. This means that Amazon S3 users can now host entire static sites using only S3 and CloudFront.
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After recently switching to a lower-performance laptop for my regular development tasks, I decided to spend a bit of time cleaning up some long-running rspec examples. I found that some misunderstanding of rspec’s features had led me to write highly inefficient specs.
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A word of warning to those wishing to travel to India and use a local SIM card, or stay connected to the net whilst on the move: getting a prepay mobile or GPRS / 3G SIM isn’t as easy as it might be in your own country.
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Now that I’m on the move for a couple of months, I’m using a Dell Inspiron Mini to do all my work. As soon as I switched away from my Macbook I missed using the right-hand ⌘ with Tab to change windows. I’ve found that using opposite hands when modifying keys can relieve some repetitive strain.
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I recently moved out of my office space in Hove, as I’m spending two months in Kerala, India, for a change of scenery. I’m so hard done by.
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This past week, having finished a project and having a bit of free time to spare, I decided to do some digging and see what was going on in Brighton in terms of web development meetups. It turns out there’s plenty of stuff here, and probably more activity in terms of after-school meetup groups and presentations than in London, even.
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