MacRuby tweaks to your customized .irbrc

I started playing with MacRuby this evening. macirb wouldn’t run with my customized .irbrc and gave the following error:

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Making Bundler 1.0.0.beta.10 install Nokogiri on Leopard with a newish libxml

Okay, now that Bundler 1.0.0.beta.10 is out, you can once again pass build-time options to gems with native extensions, such as Nokogiri. So this supercedes my older instructions for making Bundler 0.8.5 install Nokogiri on Leopard.

So now instead of making a YAML file and referring to it, pass the options like this:

The Princess and the Pea, as a Cucumber Feature

Kent Beck tweeted:

User story: “As a princess I want to confirm my royalty so I get bruised after sleeping on 40 mattresses over a pea”. Just tell real stories”

That sounded so much like a Cucumber feature that I decided to write it as one:

How to make Machinist and Autotest coexist

If you’ve tried to use Machinist and autotest (part of ZenTest) you have probably seen this exception that prevented you from using it:

It’s discussed in the machinist Google Group as well.

It’s because of a wacky hack that’s part of Machinist that overrides so you can do, but ZenTest expects to do what it does normally.

I have a fix for this.
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Rails Migration Antipatterns and How To Fix Them

Migrations are one of the best features of Rails. Although some folks prefer pure SQL rather than Rails migration DSL, I don’t know of anyone who dislikes the idea of a versioned schema that can evolve in a controlled and repeatable fashion.

But because the concept of database migrations is such a powerful one, it’s tempting to jam any old change that affects the database into a new migration and run rake db:migrate to make it happen. I’ve been guilty of a bit of this in the past, and I’ve joined some projects that did other ugly things in migrations. In the process I’ve learned the hard way that there are some things you must never do in a migration or they will come back to haunt you later. Here they are.
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