Dumping thoughts onto the InterTubes, aka blogging, is fun. And I’ve been doing it 1 year now.
Its also challenging.
Its like inviting people over for dinner – you have to clean up your house so they get a completely false impression of how you normally live your life.
Same with code – pasting it into blog articles or releasing projects makes you work harder to clean up code.
Same with the article – like rewriting paragraphs and sentences so they read better.
Remember the I Hired Jeff Clark site from a year ago?
I started this blog a year ago with the idea of it being an Online CV – I’d write clever things, people would comment, and employers would pick me instead of someone else.
The whole time I’ve been overseas working for Tele2 – a Swedish telephone company, developing their billing systems. No Ruby code anywhere. Lots of perl, some Java, and lots of an internal proprietary language. It hurts to work on that environment.
And today is my last day, so now I can pursue Ruby/Rails with full-time reckless abandon.
Starting with Dr Nic Academy.
What’s left to blog about?
In the future, the following stuff intrigues me, and it’d be fun to explore:
- Social OS – when I use flickr, I add contacts/friends/family and I add photos. When I visit your fancy new Web2.0 site, how can I import this profile information and automatically find all my friends or invite them to use your site? I envisage this built on OpenID, where every app is both an OpenID consumer (you login with OpenID) and possibly an OpenID provider (you can use your account page as a login to other apps).
- Mongrel handlers – sexy integration of handlers into the Rails code base, so they are automatically picked up when the mongrel servers are started. I haven’t looked into this at all, so that sentence mightn’t make any sense.
- Caching – nothing fancy, I just haven’t figured out how to use it yet. Anyone that used MyConfPlan during RailsConf might have guessed this.
As always, I’m completely happy for someone else to tackle these things first. So get cracking
 The XML for this Maani graph is mashed from the raw feedburner API via this Ruby CGI script. If you want to use it, you need to turn on the Feedburner API first, and change the start date within the code (currently set to 1/8/2006)
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