{Weekly update} Roodi, metric_fu, jQuery autocomplete & other

Sunday, October 11, 2009 0 comments
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After putting my finger on many jars this week, here's a short status update on some forked projects (which hopefully will be merged back into the original repos) :

  • Roodi is Ruby 1.9 ready now and here's the proof.
  • Metric_fu got a bunch of new features like DCov support, an (almost) new template and various other stuff merged from other fellow githubers. Still under development and not really yet for merging back on the master repo but we will get there soon i hope :) Until then you can check it out here.
  • jQuery autocomplete (from Yehuda Katz and Rein Hanrichs) got some love with a version bump including various fixes and improvements plus a proper example / documentation / test page (thanks Rein for merging these changes back!).
  • After upgrading Redmine at work to trunk r29xx which added support for Rails 2.3.4 some plugins where broken (charts, graphs and schedules) so we had to update them too. You can find these patched versions on my github account but I guess sooner or later the maintainers of the original repos will merge these changes back.
Cheers to everyone and have a nice week :)
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This week, Athens is on fire!

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Even though I know that by the end of the next week (Oct 12 - 19) I'll be almost dead after not resting at all, I'm pretty exited by the prospects of it! Here's the list of the events taking place in the heart of Athens:
more details now:

Athens Digital Week 2009

An annual event organized by the city of Athens in it's second year of existence. This year, alongside some giant names in Open Source (Mozilla labs, Android, Fedora, Gentoo, Debian, Wikipedia Greece, OpenSolaris, OpenERP, et al) our local ruby community will have a chance to present the language and the frameworks to a wider audience of "techies", programmers or not :)

We will be there on Thursday from 16:00 to 18:00 with this topic list so far:
  • From PHP to Ruby On Rails [ Jim Myhreberg ]
  • A blink into the Rails magic [ me ]
  • Ruby on Rails and Web on Python [ Jon Romero ]
join us there for a coffee / beer and follow the discussion (in greek) on the ruby-hellug mailing list!

OpenCoffee Athens (XXVI)

Right after the presentations at the DigitalWeek we are off to Benaki Museum for the 26th Athenian OpenCoffee meeting for three talks from successful tech start-ups in Greece.

Ruby Meetup #2

Almost a year after the successful "Athens On Rails" gathering (see the videos here), our second meetup (finally!) will take place on the upcoming friday at the Technical University of Piraeus with the following topics:
  • Deploying Rails applications on the appengine using JRuby [ PanosJee) ]
  • Alternative ruby web frameworks (Ramaze/Sinatra/...) [ vtypal ]
  • ╬ťetaprogramming with Ruby [Jon Romero ]
  • How-to make a Rails plugin [ Jim Myhreberg ]
  • Open Discussion & QA
see the official announcement and the discussion on the mailing list (also both in Greek)

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see you on any (or all) of these events!

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GMail Notifier replacements

Saturday, October 3, 2009 0 comments
I never really liked the official GMail notifier for the Mac for the following very simple reasons:
  1. No Growl integration
  2. Support for only one account
So, what are the alternatives?
  1. Gmail Notifr
  2. Notify
Plus points for both are the negatives of the official app which means support for multiple email accounts and Growl integration but i guess i'm leaning to #1 in the list for two reasons:
  1. Google Hosted Apps support (even though the developers of the Notify app said v.1.1 will support Google Apps)
  2. Open-source

If you have any similar tool in mind feel free to write a comment :)

Cheers
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