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Monday, March 20, 2006

Google Reader Hack

For those of you who use Google Reader, and if you don’t, sign up it is cool! Here is a hack so you can view specific feeds you subscribe to. There are other readers out there that do this but not on the internet. So let’s suppose you are like me and have 10+ feeds you read regularly. If you view the default reading list, it shows a mish-mash of all the feeds you are subscribed to. Which is cool, but I like to view specific feeds at a time.

Here is a hack that will let you do that: Google Reader allows you to edit your subscriptions. This is where you go to add new RSS feeds etc. This edit tab also lets you view all of the latest posts from a specific feed. So if you want to view all of the feeds from one of your channels click the edit subscriptions tab at the top and click on the name of one of your feeds. Boom! An instant list of posts from a specific feed. I find that I use this “hack” more than just the default reading list, since I am looking for posts from certain sites.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Rails Recipes

I bought the domain Rails Recipes last year in hopes of making a site that is a place for people to post recipes on how to do certain things in Rails, much like the ZopeLabs site I used to be a part of a few years ago. Needless to say, I didn’t end up implementing anything on it. To my surprise, I get an email from Chad Fowler of the Programming Ruby fame about a book he is working on called Rails Recipes.

Being the bargain-minded person I am I told him I would give him the domain for his new book in exchange for a copy of the book. The gracious people at Pragmatic Programmers, Chad and Dave did more than that. They sent me Programming Ruby and the pdf of the Rails Recipes book. Much more than what I had asked for. Now if I could just get a deal on the Pragmatic Studio workshop. They offered to give me Agile Web Development in Rails but I already own that. I just got the Programming Ruby book in the mail yesterday. It is something I have needed for a while. Thank you guys, you Rock! You now have a Pragmatic Programmers evangelist.

As for the book, Rails Recipes, all I can say is, it rocks! There are some sweet recipes in there, my favorite being the UI recipes. I can’t wait till all of them are in there. Great work Chad! If you want to learn how to do some cool stuff you won’t find anywhere else in Rails. Buy The Book.