Author Archives: Lee Mallabone

mig_constraints is not compatible with rails 2.3

Although it’s old, mig_constraints has sat in my rails plugin directory for a while now because it adds much needed foreign key support to ActiveRecord. I’m on of those crazy guys that thinks a relational database should maintain relational integrity, … Continue reading

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Setting up a kick-ass rails server on Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

I recently created a new slicehost and thought I’d try the latest Ubuntu release with it. Unlike brightbox hosting, you only get a plain boring ubuntu installation out of the box on slicehost (and various other VPS-based hosting services). A … Continue reading

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Wisdom from a different (Internet) age

It doesn’t happen very often, but I was pointed to an online article recently that dates back almost a decade. The Pitchman is a story by Malcolm Gladwell about “Ron Popeil, who invented a better rotisserie in his kitchen and went … Continue reading

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Nokogiri fails to work on Solaris (11), but fix it like this!

I’ll have a better fix up in the near future, but for now, the ruby gem “Nokogiri” crashed out on me on Joyent’s Solaris platform. Its error was a little cryptic unless you’re familiar with libc. I can’t reproduce it here … Continue reading

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Issues with JBCP and Sybase

BCP is a method for quickly copying data into SQL Server or Sybase databases. It’s much faster than running INSERT statements, so if you have a large amount of data, it’s a tempting option. However, the trade-off for the speed … Continue reading

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Getting Rails 2.2 to work on Mac OS X, despite the MySQL ruby “gem”

rubygems makes package management a nightmare. This is demonstrated every time you try and setup a new server using your operating system’s ruby/rails packages. It gets fully demonstrated when you try and upgrade to Rails 2.2 on a Mac. You can … Continue reading

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Head Hunting; a brand new way to recruit top talent

I’m pleased to announce the first public beta release of an exciting new service from Crossbone Systems. Head Hunting is a revolutionary new way to recruit employees at a fraction of the cost of other methods such as recruitment agencies … Continue reading

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Fun with FBJS: “Can’t find variable: a43014453287_slider”

I’ve been trying to get a slider bar working recently as part of a facebook application. To get the example on the Facebook wiki working out-of-the-box was no problem. The problems came when I wanted to create the slider bar … Continue reading

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Effortless online VAT returns with KashFlow

Once you are registered for VAT, sending in your returns every three months can be a bit of a daunting task, especially if you’re not keeping strict electronic records on a regular basis. I’ve blogged about various online accounting packages … Continue reading

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Explained: learning Ruby on Rails (Part 2)

If you followed along in , you will have downloaded and installed Netbeans 6 to get a complete Ruby development environment. You should also have prototyped a web design idea, added some dynamic code to it, and got cosy with … Continue reading

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