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Archive for March, 2008

After some disappointing news from Steve Jobs a few weeks ago, it looks like Adobe is finally going to make Flash on the iPhone a reality. I’m going to remain cautiously optimistic but I sure hope they can make this happen. I’m amazed at how much I can accomplish with Safari on the iPhone but for it to provide a true web experience Flash needs to be included. Here’s hoping they can get it done for the June launch.

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Blogging to wordpress on the iPhone is a huge pain but I’m doing so in hope that I can save at least one person two hours of their life. On Friday, I ent to see Doomsday and it is by far the worst movie I have ever seen in my life. The plot falls apart just minutes into the movie and it just keeps getting worse. There are so many things that don’t make sense I’m not even sure where to begin.

I’d go into more detail but I’m getting too frustrated trying to make corrections to his post. I’m not sure if iPhone is to blame or if its wordpress but this is far more difficult than it should be.

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I’ve been anxiously awaiting Flash for the iPhone because of its ability to open up a whole new world of applications that I’d love to have. One of which would be streaming my favorite sports radio station from anywhere in the US. Unfortunately, it looks like this isn’t going to happen anytime soon according to AppleInsider, if at all. I can only hope that someone will find a work around for this but it looks like my portable AM radio still has some life left in it.

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OK, so today is the fourth day that I’ve immersed myself in all things RoR and I have to say that it is starting to get much easier. It was tough in the beginning since so many of the best tutorials are based on pre-Rails 2.0 but as I’ve mentioned in my last two posts, I’ve found some very helpful resources. There were definitely a couple times where I was ready to throw everything out and go back to PHP, which I am much more familiar with, but RoR kept showing flashes of brilliance in how quickly a web app can come together when you know what you’re doing.

So now, I’m over the initial pain of learning a new programming language and framework. I’m by no means an expert. I’d still consider myself a beginner but now I’ve found more than enough resources to keep me going when I’m stuck.

Visit my del.icio.us link for all of the best resources that I’ve found to help you get started. Try not to get too frustrated in the beginning and you will soon receive the benefits of this well thoughtout framework. Trust me, it will be worth it in the end.

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A couple of other notes.

I’ve found it much easier to develop in rails using Aptana Studio Community Edition. Instead of having several windows open all over the place, Aptana condenses it into one area and it really improves the development environment.

I’ve also continued to update my del.icio.us tag with more resources including this tutorial by Fabio Akita which has proved to be quite helpful.

I’m still struggling with wrapping my head around adding plugins and some more of the complex coding but with the help of some of these tutorials I’m definitely making some progress.

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