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The blog of Rahoul Baruah from 3hv Ltd

What's going on?

My name is Rahoul Baruah (aka Baz) and I'm a software developer in Leeds (England).

This is a log of things I've discovered while writing software in Ruby on Rails. In other words, geek stuff.

However, I've decided to put this blog on ice - I would ask you to check out my business blog here (or subscribe here).

03 March, 2008

See ya



I started this blog over two years ago, charting my experiences using Ruby on Rails on IIS.

As you may have noticed, I don't do that anymore. Not that I have any great hatred for IIS/Windows/Microsoft - it's just not as much fun as staying on the Linux side of the fence.

While I still love coding in Rails, I'm not doing that much out of the ordinary any more. All the interesting stuff is at a business level - so instead I'm going to concentrate on my business blog (you can subscribe here if you want). There'll still be Rails stuff posted there, but intermingled with marketing, sales and finance.

So thank you Blogger, thank you IIS, thank you dear readers. It's been a blast. See you at 3hv.

08 February, 2008

The Return of Django

I see the Django folks have been hitting my "Installing Rails under IIS" article pretty hard recently.

All I can say is "good luck guys" - I'm glad I don't have to do that at the moment. Did MS ever finish their FastCGI implementation?

Spamming Northpack for fun and profit

Leeds Ruby Thing was last night - it was a fun night out with a good number of people (about 20-25 turned up). John has posted some photos.

But mainly this post is to annoy Dominic when it appears on the Northpack feeds list.

06 February, 2008

What's wrong with RSpec?

I don't know.

I've tried, really tried to like it.

And I don't know why I don't.

Something just doesn't feel right.

  • It's testing.
  • It's test-first.
  • It's test as specification.
  • It reads like English.

All things I like.

But it feels wrong, wrong, wrong.

Anyone have any ideas why?

PS: I was going to call this post "Arse-pec" but I thought that was a bit harsh.

ASCII changes cause strange artifacts

Why does Squeak use the underscore _ as an assignment character[1]?

Because in 1963 the ASCII code for _ actually represented a left arrow - which makes perfect sense as an assignment operator.


[1] (as well as := which Pascal folks will recognise)

04 February, 2008

The Leeds Ruby Thing

Expertly named by £2000/hour marketing consultants, the Leeds Ruby Thing is taking place at the Victoria Hotel at 7pm on Thursday the 7th February. I probably can't get there till 9ish though.

Join us and talk about Ruby. And drink beer.

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