Justin W. Reagor on 4 Jun 2007 15:48:40 -0000

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Re: [PhillyOnRails] Hello; tips to avoid "newbie drownings in the Rails pool"...

  • From: "Justin W. Reagor" <justinwr@gmail.com>
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I used this updated version of that Hivelogic article when my company got my new Intel Mac.

...of course thats until Leopard is released with Rails pre-installed (correct?).

I can also confirm that the MySQL gem only worked on my old PPC Mac, and not my newer Intel. I ended up not even needing it (only installing the SQLite driver). My old Rails projects seemed to just fire up without the mysql gem installing correctly (using Ruby DBI?).

I've had bad experiences with Macports/Darwinports and all of those (messy compiles and crappy GUI utilities). I seem to just compile in what I need and keep track of what I do install in the console. You may also want to compile in Apache2 if you plan to mimic any type of production environment (SSL testing with Mongrel/Rails). OS X still comes with Apache 1.3.33 installed...

Take care,
:: Justin Reagor

On Jun 4, 2007, at 11:22 AM, Flinn Mueller wrote:

Ditto, the mysql gem has problems on mac, otherwise I used the macports version of ruby rather than the one distributed with mac os.

For books, I really liked Beginning Ruby on Rails E-Commerce: From Novice to Professional ( http://www.apress.com/book/bookDisplay.html?bID=10178 )

As someone coming from PHP development I had never been exposed to test driven development, this books explains the virtues, and rather than antidotally mentioning TDD, the authors chose to write the entire book using TDD.  I know other rails books concentrate on the whiz-bang ajax features and design patterns rails offers, but I think TDD is often overlooked in recent books, but I imagine it's getting more press nowadays.


On Jun 4, 2007, at 11:07 AM, Colin A. Bartlett wrote:

Jonathan Van Schoick wrote:
For configuring Rails on a Mac, I'd definitely follow this guide:

That's exactly what I used.

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