Lindo testing helper gets some love

Lindo helps you write and verify Rails functional and integration tests by opening the HTTP response body in the default browser for inspection. This can be a real time-saver when you’re trying to figure out why your assert_select or have_tag calls aren’t passing. In its initial version, Lindo assumed that … Continue reading

Where does TextMate store its bundles anyway?

After spending nearly an hour tracking down where a particular TextMate bundle was coming from, I have surmised that there are no less than four places on my Mac’s hard drive where bundles may be lurking. In no particular order, they are: ~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/Pristine Copy/Bundles ~/Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles /Applications/ /Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles

Brightkite is fun

I’m really enjoying using Brightkite. It’s a location-based social networking tool that lets you see what other people in your vicinity are doing. A GPS unit isn’t required and it integrates fairly well with Twitter and GMaps. (I’d love to see even tighter Twitter integration in the future.) Drop a … Continue reading

Deploying PHP apps with Capistrano

Capistrano is a wonderful tool. I have this really old PHP-based web site,, that I needed to make a change to earlier today. (The spam bots had finally found my news submission form.) I decided this was as good a time as any to automate deployment of the app. … Continue reading

SVN diffs from TextMate

I picked up a neat TextMate trick while pair programming with Justin Gehtland on Monday. Check out a directory from a Subversion repository and open it in TextMate. Click on the root directory of the project and hold down Ctrl-Shift-A. A menu will appear allowing you to select from a … Continue reading

Highrise is now taking leases

37 Signals’ latest web application, Highrise, is now open for business. They offer a free account so you can try out the service without laying down any dinero. Looks like a useful tool. It’ll be interesting to see how tightly it integrates with Basecamp.

Fantastic Foxmarks

Have you wondered how to effectively synch bookmarks between work and home? I discovered the Foxmarks plugin for Firefox almost by accident last week and it does the trick for me. Better still, it’s fast and lightweight, the perfect companion for an agile developer. Foxmarks installs into Firefox in seconds. … Continue reading