Archive | July, 2009

Manual Gantt Charting in Excel

David Seah’s combination of the Compact Calendar and a Gantt chart
(Link: Manual Gantt Charting in Excel)

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Dirpy – Mp3 Converter and Open Directory Search Beta

New to Dirpy? Use Dirpy to convert your favorite YouTube videos to mp3’s!
(Link: Dirpy – Mp3 Converter and Open Directory Search Beta)

In Ann Arbor, designing a news site that doesn’t look like a news site » Nieman Journalism Lab

The site boasts 35 trained journalists, who cover everything from local government to University of Michigan football. The stories seem short for now, but that’s not a conscious editorial strategy. “I think we’re finding our voice,” Dearing said. “No reporter’s being told, ‘Don’t write more than 200 words,’ or anything like that. They write what they need to say to tell a story.”
(Link: In Ann Arbor, designing a news site that doesn’t look like a news site » Nieman Journalism Lab)

Unfuddle: Subversion Hosting, Git Hosting, Bug and Issue Tracking

Unfuddle is a secure, hosted project management solution for software development teams.

We know that you don’t have time to get a server up and running and then configure and secure code repositories, ticketing systems and valuable project management tools.
(Link: Unfuddle: Subversion Hosting, Git Hosting, Bug and Issue Tracking)

Ript™ – mimics the actions of ripping, piling and arranging scraps of information

Organize your thoughts, tasks, inspirations, ambitions and so much more.

If you’ve ever made a list, torn a page from a magazine or bookmarked a Web page “for future reference,” Ript is the tool for you. It puts the “fun” back in functionality, so you can get more done, in less time… with less stress.

Part scrapbook, part “to-do” list (or to-buy list), Ript mimics the actions of ripping, piling and arranging scraps of information. If you can see it on your computer, you can “rip” it. Simply drag and drop images and text from the internet or your computer and arrange them however you please — making it easy to compile, print and share your handiwork.
(Link: Ript™ – mimics the actions of ripping, piling and arranging scraps of information)

iPhone Application Design Patterns — Flyosity: Mac & iPhone Interface Design

# Dive deep into hierarchical levels of application information and then surface back to the top easily
# Switch between different main pieces of functionality without losing your place on one when moving to another
# Edit and adjust information without losing your place contextually
# Display a list of information or choices
(Link: iPhone Application Design Patterns — Flyosity: Mac & iPhone Interface Design)

Private cloud networks are the future of corporate IT

While Bittman says it will take years for private clouds to develop, some early adopters are already “Google-izing” their own data centers. Bechtel, for instance, is using the software-as-a-service computing model internally to provide IT services to 30,000 users, in a project that relies heavily on server and storage virtualization.
(Link: Private cloud networks are the future of corporate IT)

Just How Much Does a Lite Version Help Boost App Sales? « The App Farm

1. Should have released lite version from the beginning
2. Lite does NOT cannibalize sales
3. Get the bugs out for your lite release
4. Lite sales trail off too but paid sales remain higher
5. Frequent releases do juice downloads
(Link: Just How Much Does a Lite Version Help Boost App Sales? « The App Farm)

Hashrocket Founders Interview:

3-2-1 launch promises a lot to customers. What processes allow you to get so much work done in so short a period of time?
The short answer: Rails.

We also only hire top talent. We don’t interview. We come make them pair with an actual project for a week. The original hires all came and worked for free before an offer was made. Anyone can fake an interview but nobody can fake a week of pair programming with 2 or 3 other top developers. Obie pairs with everyone also, as it is ultimately his brand to maintain.

The other key aspect to meeting this goal is to help our clients learn how to release just their core app initially. In other words, teach them how to “Get Real”.
(Link: Hashrocket Founders Interview:)

Contributing to Rails

This guide covers ways in which you can become a part of the ongoing development of Rails. After reading it, you should be familiar with:
* Using Lighthouse to report issues with Rails
* Cloning edge Rails and running the test suite
* Helping to resolve existing issues
* Contributing to the Rails documentation
* Contributing to the Rails code
(Link: Contributing to Rails)