TextDrive seeks to sweeten control with Rails application

TextPanel is the name of TextDrive‘s effort to modernize Webmin and the whole of branch of control panel software. They’re hard at work on it. And it’s going to be a Rails application, of course. Like all the other management software they’re building over there. The first we’ll see of TextPanel will be a reduced version, which will power the forthcoming Strongspace offering.

Cheers to Justin, Marten, Jason, Dean, and all the others at TextDrive for pushing the hosting envelope on so many fronts. And what a steal in picking up a relationship with Michael Koziarski. He has been the untiring force behind verifying, prioritizing, and managing the ticket cue on Rails for a good long while. Congratulations to both parties.

Taking Ajax higher with next Rails release

Thomas Fuchs has been doing awesome work building on top of Prototype (the Javascript engine driving Ajax in Rails) to bring us script.aculo.us: Better effects and drag’n’drop capabilities. Together with the upload progress enhancements from Sean Treadway, we’re going to have a big upgrade to the Ajax capabilities of Rails in the next, forthcoming release (0.13).

If you want to see what’s in store for you, checkout the addition of drag’n’drop to Backpack. Shows off very nicely just how cool drag’n’drop can be in a Web 2.0 application.

There’s more chatter about this on Loud Thinking, Signal vs Noise, and mir.aculo.us.

Three new Rails jobs: NetworkChemistry, IntegralNet, Mirak

The commercial interest for using Rails is ever growing and I keep getting leads on new jobs. Here are the latest three openings:

  • NetworkChemistry: Looking for a Rails programmer with a C/C++ background and at least one successfully delivered Rails application for their Wireless Intrusion Prevention product in San Francisco.
  • IntegralNet Marketing: Looking for an experienced Ruby/Rails developer with J2EE knowledge for eXtreme Programming work in Orange County, CA.
  • Mirak: Looking for a Rails developer with several projects completed and patches made against the source to work on an online community knowledge system in Toronto, Canada (working remote equally fine).

ODEO is trickling out the launch

ODEO is the upcoming premier portal for podcasting shows. Whether you just want to find and listen or whether you want to create and distribute. Phillip Torrone has a mini-review up on O’Reilly’s Make magazine. Why is this Rails news? Because ODEO is a Rails application, of course!

Rails #3, Ruby #8 on most popular tutorials at OSCON

Ruby on Rails: Enjoying the Ride of Programming, the tutorial I’m giving at OSCON, is the third most popular tutorial for the entire conference! As Nathan Torkington from O’Reilly writes: “Tutorial signups for OSCON are a great measure of what’s hot in Open Source.” Rails most surely be hitting the hot still.

And it’s not only Rails. Dave Thomas’ Ruby tutorial is #8 on the same list! It’s going to be a fantastic conference for Ruby on Rails. And I’m not only saying that because I’m doing a keynote, a session talk, and this tutorial on the subject. Not at all. Really.

Designer CMS on Rails: Programmers needed!

There are surely lots of content-management system projects happening in Rails, but are any of them that magic bullet that designers are looking for? Designer CMS on Rails is a call to make just that happen. So if you have the programming chops to help a band of top-notch designers deliver an open-source system, get in touch with them, and make it happen.

Dreamhost now supports Ruby on Rails

Word on the street is that popular webhost Dreamhost now supports Ruby on Rails. That’s great news, especially if you’re already married to DH and wants to do Ruby on Rails development. For everyone else starting out or looking for a new host, the premier choice for Rails hosting is naturally still TextDrive. They have multiple Railers on staff, support the Rails project, and rock (this site is running on TextDrive).

Slashdotted: Agile Web Development with Rails

As the 6th Slashdotting of Rails comes a review of the Agile Web Development with Rails book. It’s written from the perspective of a PHP programmer who’s coming to terms with the patterns and approaches used. And he’s certainly enjoying the move:

Whether you believe the hype or not of “super productivity,” “Ten times faster development,” and “Better than anything else,” Ruby on Rails is a great tool to add to your belt. In fact, I find myself using it exclusively for Web apps, and I catch myself using python and PHP less and less and Ruby more and more for my day to day programs.

If you want to learn Ruby on Rails, Agile Web Development with Ruby on Rails is a great choice, and will probably be the definitive book on the subject.

The ensuing comments definitely also reflect the time passed since the first Slashdotting. There’s less ignorant wailing and more insightful help and suggestions. With enough exposure the baseline of knowledge is bound to rise.

Where should the Rails Bootcamp go?

Dave Thomas and Mike Clark are gearing up to run a series of Rails Bootcamps in the Fall. The idea is to take someone who haven’t been doing any Rails at all to become a capable driver of it. We’re talking a two-day fair with potentially another day assigned for a Ruby introduction. But where should it start? The two gents wants your opinion on that, so go vote for the Rails Bootcamp venue.