Ruby growth in China

by Jon Hancock on June 2, 2009

Last week, Shanghai ruby-ists hit a new high.  RubyConfChina had 450+ attendees for a standing room only event.  Ruby creator Matz was the headliner.  This marks a considerable uptick since the ruby community started organizing in Shanghai.  

About 18 months ago, a few friends put together the first Shanghai on Rails event.  It all happened as innocently as you might expect: a few local programmers got together; we thought we could hold an event for about 20 people.  We had to cut off registration at 40 due to room capacity.  Since then, The Shanghai on Rails group has really taken off.  This is the 5th (?) event since we started.  And WOW!!!  Its clear Ruby is making its mark in China.  I was in the U.S. and had to miss this fantastic turnout.  Looking forward to getting back to Shanghai next week and catching up.  Congrats!!!


Mandarin Chinese programmer communities

March 30, 2009

This post is a build on discourse found at Jeff Atwood’s blog post.  In his post Jeff does not directly discuss the recently launched Chinese clone of StackOverflow.  However, his article is timely in regards to the most salient point of why such a clone exists.  I participated in lengthy discourse at Hacker News on [...]

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postgres install on OS X

October 1, 2008

I use postgres 8.3.x for ShellShadow.  My production and staging servers are linux but my dev and testing is done on OS X 10.5.x.  There exist “one-click installers” for postgres on OS X.  They are good and well worth using if that’s what you need.  I need finer control and like to use an install [...]

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migrating to datamapper 0.9 – unique indexes

June 9, 2008

This is a first post on migrating from datamapper 0.2.5 to 0.9. 0.9 is a complete rewrite of datamapper so careful attention needs to be applied for this migration. ShellShadow is in production with 0.2.5 and I hope to get a new release out on 0.9 very soon so I’ll be posting my experiences as [...]

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monkeypatching merb

April 7, 2008

If you never heard of merb, stop reading this and go check it out!!! One of things you will encounter when using the coolest and latest technologies is that they might contain bugs . It is what we encountered in using datamapper 0.2.5 and do_postgres 0.2.3 in our merb 0.9.2 development stack for ShellShadow. Here’s [...]

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ruby debugging with Aptana

April 7, 2008

I’m pleased to report that Aptana Studio v1.1 ruby debugging works very well with merb and datamapper. Last October, I tried every ruby debugger I could find (except the windows-only Sapphire Steele). At that time, only NetBeans 6 beta had any form of working debugger and for the most part, the command line ruby-debug was [...]

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