Archive for October 6th, 2008

A few great plugins that I am using in my current Ruby on Rails project

Posted on the October 6th, 2008 under My Projects,programming,Ruby on Rails,Tutorials by

I am currently working on an interesting project for a customer of mine.   Hopefully I’ll be able to share more of the details with you all when the project is near completion.  The project involves creating events, parsing and caching RSS feeds, generating RSS feeds, as well as Emailing and SMS’ing subscribers daily events.   I have been working on the project for the last 5 days, and I am about one third of the way through.

I wanted to share some great plugins for Ruby on Rails that I have come across, along with some tutorials. Check back for an updated post with more info.


Restful Authentication – This widely-used plugin provides a foundation for securely managing user authentication –

acts_as_taggable_on_steroids – This plugin is based on acts_as_taggable by DHH but includes extrassuch as tests, smarter tag assignment, and tag cloud calculations.  –

Paperclip – Paperclip is intended as an easy file attachment library for ActiveRecord. The intent behind it was to keep setup as easy as possible and to treat files as much like other attributes as possible.

Paperclip Polymorph – This plugin allows users of the Paperclip plugin to easily share attached files between multiple models.

acts_as_textiled – This simple plugin allows you to forget about constantly rendering Textile in your application. Instead, you can rest easy knowing the Textile fields you want to display as HTML will always be displayed as HTML (unless you tell your code otherwise).

Will_paginate – Pagination is just limiting the number of records displayed. Why should you let it get in your way while developing, then? This plugin makes magic happen.

Tutorials / Guides:

If you are new to Ruby on Rails be sure to check out the guides that are being worked on right now here:

Railscasts – Free Ruby on Rails Screencasts –

Learning Rails – Audio (Podcasts) and Screencasts –

Jim created a great list of plugins he found useful when he was building a social network in Rails. Check it out here:

Golf – Myrtle Beach Trip – November 2008!

Posted on the October 6th, 2008 under Personal by

Just got our confirmations for Myrtle Beach this year! Last year was a blast, looking forward to this year.

Here is a pic from last year…


Here are the tee times for your golf group.

11/5 Myrtle Beach National West

11/6 Waterway Hills

11/6 Witch

11/7 Aberdeen CC

11/8 Kings North

11/9 River Club

11/9 Willbrook Plantation

Thats a lot of golf! Launched with New Logo, blog and Forums

Posted on the October 6th, 2008 under EDI,My Projects by is one of my side projects, and I’d figure I’d post about it here on my blog.

The EDI Talk Blog and Forums have gone through some major changes in the last week.  We have invested in an amazing community software which includes forums / discussions, social groups, buddy lists, private messaging, user profiles, reputation system, and many other features.

I hope to see all of you join the community.  For those that would like to help, we are looking for qualified moderators to help make the site a better place for everyone.  We also have updated our blogging platform, and will be working to integrate it further with our discussion groups this week.  If you have an idea for a blog article or wish to write one yourself please let us know in the Article Idea’s category here:

We are hoping to grow this community to make it an amazing free resource for everyone in the EDI world. If you have any suggestions, would like to get involved, or have any questions at all please let us know in the feedback forum here:

To register (it only takes a few seconds) please visit the discussion forums here:

In roughly one week we are planning on launching the EDI Wiki, which will be a community driven wiki that will cover all aspects of EDI and EDI related documents.

For the GIS (Gentran Integration Suite) users we have added a dedicated subsection just for you:

And of course checkout the latest blog posts on the EDI blog:

See you on the forums. And if you have an RSS reader please be sure to add the RSS feed to get the latest articles.  RSS Feed: