Ruby on Rails

After long hesitation, I tried installing Ruby on Rails and to wet my hands with some Rapid Web application development with Rails. As noted in various web articles and documents on web – installation and configuration is very smooth.

1. Download the Ruby installer for Windows from here. I had downloaded version 1.8.6.25
2. Once Ruby is installed, we can use gem to download & install rails framework.

gem install rails –include-dependencies

This works.  I am not sure what is gem yet.  I understand its some sort of packager and installer for ruby platform.  But not sure how it works yet.  Once rails available on my ruby platform, I just need to use some simple commands to create working web application in mins.

Looks very interesting at first look.

Open source alternatives for MS Project

Few open source alternatives available to read MS Project files.

1. GanttProject
Its Eclipse based software tool available in GNU GPL license. It can import any MS Project file and export changes back to MS Project format.

Currently, this is my choice for free/ open source alternative for MS Project.

2. another option is Planner
This software is also available in GNU GPL license terms. But this cann’t important any MS Project format, but supports MS Project XML format for viewing.

Firefox 1.5.0.1 update available

Firefox 1.5.0.1 – an update to Firefox browser is now available. They call this update for stability and security and recommend to update. I did update. Couple of installed extensions were broke down with this update. They are

  • Live Http Header
  • TabX

I am not sure why this update will break any working extensions. According to Ben Goodger on Firefox 2 roadmap, it should not affect even for next major version 2.0.

Software Tools

Tools makes you upto your trade.  In software, the tools are plenty, there is also problem of plenty here.  I am planing to list my day-today use open source / free tools for managing Software engineering life cycle here.  I use many of these tools by choice and there are some compromises. But
here is the list and thats important. Later I will post my view on
those compromises.

Firefox

Eclipse

CVS

Thunderbird

Filezilla

putty

Tight VNC

Notepad++

Gimp

PDFCreator

7-Zip

MySQL