Monthly Archives: July 2013

Tired Of “Hiding”

I realized something recently.  Throughout my “internet lifetime” I have used a ton of unique usernames.  They usually are related to the person I am at the time I make them, but that person changes.  I think back to all the times I answered questions on forums, or expressed my opinions.  All those people I helped, all that information I left I the internet, lost.

I think it’s time we own up to who we are.  Why do we choose to remain anonymous on the internet?  Honestly, what benefit does it provide?  I’d rather leave my legacy and have people know who the person behind the moniker is.  I’ve begun changing all of my accounts to use my real name.  Reddit, XBOX Live, WordPress, my domain name.  Everything.  This way, good or bad, the world can always know my stance on issues, or know who helped them.

My Foray Into Ruby

Alright, alright.  I get it.  Ruby (on Rails specifically) is the hot thing.  Too many programmers I follow keep switching.  If they don’t fully switch, they give it a go, talk about how great it is and how they wish they could convince management to switch (yeah right).  I gave Ruby on Rails a go three – four years ago, but at that time I just didn’t know enough about programming to really appreciate it.  I decided to inhale a couple Codecademy tracks on it to get my feet wet again.

http://www.codecademy.com/courserunner89374

I have to say it’s not bad.  I like not having to indent, or use brackets/semi-colons all the time.  Some of the patterns didn’t really make sense to me, but hey with all new languages it’s that way in the beginning.  I remember starting out in C# thinking “What the hell does static mean?”  Knowing more now, it is a simple concept.  I know once I’m done with all of the ruby tracks and a few dummy projects I’ll be more up to speed.  So far though, there isn’t anything I don’t like.  Yeah it’s different, but different isn’t bad.

I wasn’t able to get my Rails app from my Ubuntu laptop to Heroku easily though.  First had problems with my SSH and creating a private key, then once I got there my ruby/rails was out of date and updating it fails.  Once I get it up and running I’ll publish a link to the demo app.

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