Use TinyURL from Ruby

I recently found myself needing to use TinyURL on a client project.  I did a bit of scouring the web for some Ruby code to solve the problem but with little success.  Much to my surprise they don't have an available API, but they do have a way to … [Continue reading]

Sometimes Great Service and Transparency Have to Be Enough

Yesterday DNSimple, my DNS provider and domain registrar of choice, suffered from a Denial of Service (DoS) attack and as a result their service went down.  This affected my sites and the sites of many people I know. DNSimple is a bit of a different … [Continue reading]

Google Obviously Loves Developers, When Will Apple?


When is Apple going to begin listening to developers as well as Google does? The tools Apple gives developers as part of iTunes Connect (the portal we use to publish and maintain our applications), are better than they used to be but are subpar … [Continue reading]

Talking about Building iOS Application on The Tablet Show Episode 85

I was a guest recently on The Tablet Show with Richard Campbell and Carl Franklin, to talk about iOS development, client projects, API's with Ruby on Rails and creating applications with interactive back ends. I think it turned out pretty well but I … [Continue reading]

7 Great Bootstrapping Podcasts to Jumpstart Your Business Today


I love podcasts.  I listen to them in the car, walking or sometimes even when working.  I can't get enough of the good ones and you probably can't either. Since attending MicroConf last week I can't stop thinking about creating products, recurring … [Continue reading]

Dead Simple Model Diagrams for Your Rails Project


While working on Rails project I often find myself wanting a visual representation of my model classes.  I usually grab a notebook and manually write them out. Depending on the project, it can take time. I started searching for a diagramming tool … [Continue reading]

MicroConf 2013 was Freakin’ Awesome


I had the opportunity to attend this years rendition of MicroConf in Las Vegas, NV, run by Rob Walling and Mike Tabor and attended by many great people. All I can say, I will be back next year. MicroConf is a conference not for startups who took … [Continue reading]

Free Ultimately Always Has a Price


I bet by now you have heard the news Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1, 2013: We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted … [Continue reading]

33 Great Resources to Get Started with Ember.js


I mentioned yesterday that I have been exploring various JavaScript MVC frameworks for both client and internal projects.  Ember.js is one of those frameworks. As part of my exploration, I have collected various resources on Ember.js and thought … [Continue reading]

And the Winner is…Ember.js


It seems the ability to escape the use of rich client-side JavaScript is virtually impossible because users expect desktop-like application experiences.  JavaScript began as a much different language with much different uses as it is today. I have … [Continue reading]