Jul 2006

On Ruby

ongoing: “For people like me, who are proficient in Perl and Java, Ruby is remarkably, perhaps irresistibly, attractive. Over the last week I’ve got an unreasonable amount of work done in a ridiculously short period of time, with lots of interruptions, in a language I previously didn’t know.”

Ironcoder Winners

ironcoder.org: “Oh geeze, it’s all over. And congrats to Mark Dalrymple for coming in first place! He’s our new Ironcoder!”

Buzz’s WWDC Party

Buzz Andersen: Party Time, Excellent: “As I mentioned before, this year I had far more ambitious plans for the party than in previous years, so the planning has been much more logistically challenging. Fortunately, all the ducks are now in a row, so I can finally fill you all in on the details.”


OmniGroup: “Project management has been called the ability to create the impossible, with the unwilling, against insurmountable odds, under budget and on time... Introducing OmniPlan. Our brand new project management application.”

Installing Django on MacOS X (development version)

Rhonabwy: “Yep, step by step. I took the easiest possible track for installation—installing with SQLite support. Not what you’d probably want to do for any sort of production world, but lovely for quick development.”

ironcoder Competition this Weekend

ironcoder.org: “The next ironcoder contest will be July 21-23, and we’re going to do it a little differently this time. You’ll get the API and theme at the same time—giving you a full 48 hours to work on your project. (That’s an extra 100% for the same price!).”

Getting Answers

Mike Ash: “I hang out in several programmer related chats and forums and I see a lot of people having trouble getting answers. They get no answers, poor answers, or absorb a lot of verbal abuse. As a person asking questions, there are some simple things you can do to help your chances of getting good answers. This guide will show you ten easy things you can do to ensure your questions are answered quickly and well.” (Via Borkware Miniblog.)

waferbaby 3 : All grown up

Daniel “Eagle-Eye” Bogan has open-sourced waferbaby: “I must admit, it’s been hard watching you grow up sometimes, knowing that one day soon you’d become your own little independent unit, and leave the comfort of the nest we’ve built together over all these years.” (Via Daring Fireball.)

Accessorizer now Universal Binary

The Cocoa development tool Accessorizer is now a universal binary with a bunch of new features.

Sort All Subscriptions By Date Trick

nnutter.com describes how to edit your Subscriptions.plist file so that each subscription sorts its news items by date. (Note: definitely make a backup before trying anything like this!)

Extract Microformats Script For NNW

ChunkySoup.net: “I’m pleased to announce the release of my latest little hack for adding microformats support to NetNewsWire (not lite)—Extract Microformats v0.5.”

Standing in Line With Mr. Jimmy

Daring Fireball: “Mac OS X is a very hackable platform; it just isn’t hackable by means of the raw source code to the software. This is one area where Mac OS X inherits good aspects from both sides of its family. From the classic Mac OS, it inherits AppleScript and a tradition of rich plug-in APIs for major applications. From Next, it inherits both the entire (highly scriptable) Unix layer and the eminently hackable and modular Objective-C runtime system.”

All your workouts are belong to Nikeplus

Chuqui 3.0: “Here’s one very common scenario for why something like ‘remove your personal data from the Nike site’ isn’t in release 1.0: the deadline for shipping the product is July 10, say. The code to implement this feature still has serious bugs in it, and is running late. Management’s freaking.”

FlexTime 1.0b5

Red Sweater Blog: “Basically, it makes it easy for users to program complex time-sensitive scheduled activities, where it’s useful to be reminded at regular intervals that it’s time to ‘move along’ to the next activity.”

New Seattle Xcoders website

Seattle Xcoders has a new website and mailing list. (And there’s a meeting tomorrow evening—I’ll be there!)

MacTech Top 25 List

MacTech Magazine: “MacTech Magazine today announced the MacTech 25: The Mac technical community’s most influential people.”

Apple employees and MacTech staff weren’t eligible, and voting was public, which makes this quite different from the MDJ Power 25. Though a few of the same names appear (including mine ;), the MacTech list looks like it has more developers and bloggers. Names include such rock stars as Jonathan “Wolf” Rentzsch, Drunkenbatman, John Gruber, Aaron Hillegas, John Siracusa, and plenty more.

(Okay, the name Drunkenbatman still cracks me up, especially to see it played straight on a list like this. Love it.)

NetNewsWire + XFN

Peter Rukavina: “Because NetNewsWire lacks any mechanism for storing XFN information itself, I crafted an AppleScript-based solution that stores my relationship to each feed’s author in a SQLite database. You can download my Define XFN Relationship script and try it for yourself.”

The Mac OS X Tipping Point

Daring Fireball: “The Mac users of today are, by and large, the Mac users of 10 years ago. If you drew a Venn diagram with a circle representing Mac users circa 1996 and another circle representing Mac users circa 2006, the two circles would be about the same size and would significantly overlap.”

VoodooPad 3 pre-release pics

Gus Mueller: “I thought it might be fun to show some pics of what VoodooPad looked like before the final release. Early on my goal was to make VP3 like one of the iApps with blue source lists on the left ala iTunes or iPhoto. I also really wanted tabs. And a 3d fly view with all the connections between the pages. And a pony.”

Opal is the new Acta

Gils Turnbull, O’Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog: “It’s a Universal Binary and requires 10.4, but it’s been designed to appeal to long-term Acta users and should, according to A Sharp, ‘open 20-year-old Acta documents’ without a problem.”

IB Wisdom: who knew?

DasGenie:!Scrap: “Here I am, 3 years developing cocoa applications and working with Interface builder. And always I hated the fact that I had to resize all the interface elements when I wanted a different default window size. Little did I know that you actually can resize a window in IB with all the subviews autoresizing.”

rooSwitch - Shuffle Your Settings Around

roobasoft: “rooSwitch exists to make it easy for you to create different profiles of almost any applications data. You then switch amongst the profiles to activate the data you wish to use. It’s like a multi-user environment for just one application.”

I don’t know how many times I’ve thought of writing some scripts for this, but then didn’t—I think I’ll give rooSwitch a try.

Steve Jobs tops Mac industry influencer list

Macworld UK: “The results of the sixth MDJ Power 25 list once again puts Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the top of the Mac industry tree.” No surprise that Jobs is at the top—the surprise for me was finding myself on the list. ;)

VoodooPad 3.0 ships

Flying Meat, Inc.: “VoodooPad is a garden for your thoughts. Plant ideas, images, lists and anything else you need to keep track of. VoodooPad grows with you, without getting in the way—no fences to box you in! Type in notes, highlight important words or phrases and create new pages. Drag and drop folders, images, applications, or URLs into VoodooPad—they’re linked up just like on the web. With powerful search, nothing will be lost or out of reach.”

octoberlandFire style for NetNewsWire

Octoberland: “Response was very positive for my first NetNewsWire style that I thought I would try another. This one is more of an Autumnal feel, and includes better handling for the widescreen view.”


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