I have been working on an application using Ruby on Rails recently – it is a very cool language and lots of fun to learn. As per my usual approach I have purchased a few books (see list on right) and started coding/test/playing.
The reason I chose Rails for the application I am building is that it is really a prototype for a production application. While it is certainly fast to create applications in Rails, I probably could have put something together faster in ASP.NET (because I am already familiar with that language/platform). The compelling thing about Rails is that it is a Model/View/Controller (MVC) framework based on a VERY object oriented language (Ruby). This means that when I am done hacking out my prototype it won’t be spaghetti code and another developer can use it as the basis for the production application.
More on what the application is/does once we have something worth showing…
Rob Brown shows Caleb the basics of idling on his unicycle
Good news, now you can check in for Southwest 24 hours before departure instead of the old method where it had to be after 12:01 AM on the day of your flight. No more waking up after midnight just to get an “A” boarding pass!
U of Oregon researchers have discovered that “Ignoring useless information aids memory“. Another good reason to get rid of your television and newspaper.
We bought a Canon S400 about a year and a half ago and recently it started getting an error when we started it up – “Memory Card Error” is what the screen read. After researching on the Internet a while I found that this was a common problem with this model (read the hundreds of reviews with the same issue). I contacted Canon and found that they were willing to repair it for between $150-300. I decided to spend that money on a new Casio Elixim Z750 – no more Canon product for our family for a while after this experience.
Here is Caleb making his way through the crowd. These photos were taken by Jack Wineinger. Thanks Jack for the great shots!
Caleb just watched during the machete juggling – it will be a little while before he is juggling these things.
Caleb really hammed it up at several points in the show – here he is giving me some suggestions about what I should do next.
Our last bit together in the show was ball passing. Caleb is starting to get pretty good at it.