RMagick on Ubuntu

September 11, 2007

I had a hell of a time getting RMagick installed on my powerbook, but it was much less of a hassle on ubuntu. Here’s all I had to do:

sudo apt-get install imagemagick libmagick9-dev
sudo gem install rmagick

It worked on the first try! This was a nice surprise as it took me days of searching the web to get everything working on OSX. Let me know if you run across any problems with this.

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Back in the US

September 11, 2007

Well, I’m back in the US after a great 2 1/2 weeks in Bangalore, and I’m awaiting my first assignment with ThoughtWorks. While on the beach, I’ve been toying around with an Open Source project we started with some colleagues while in India. Should be interesting to get some experience with distributed development first hand.

We’ve got Mingle up and running and hopefully we can get someone to throw cruisecontrol rb up on a box somewhere so we can learn how these tools help/don’t help our development efforts.

It looks like I won’t be able to stop myself from buying a new Macbook Pro either. I’ve run out of excuses as I’m able to use it for work now. Nothing much else exciting right now, but I’ll post if/when anything turns up.

Weekend trip and Jruby demo

September 5, 2007

This past weekend a large group of us in Bangalore took a trip to Mysore. It’s a city which is about 3 hours outside of Bangalore and was a great experience. We saw several palaces, a few temples and got to see more of the Indian country side outside of the city. The contrast between the overstretched infrastructure of Bangalore to the beautiful green and open country is quite shocking. All in all the trip was great and the sites were beautiful (photos on flickr).

I also had the opportunity to hear Ola Bini give a great intro to Jruby. I’ve toyed around with it a bit in the past few months but Ola’s talk was really enlightening. He was able to get right down to the “why should I care” about the project, and it made quite an impression on all who were in attendance. He was frank about the things he feels that Matz’ Ruby Implementation (MRI) isn’t doing so well (threads, concurrency, c extensions, etc) and made awesome points about how Jruby addresses many of these concerns. Wish I could attend RailsConf Europe to hear more about the things he’s doing with Jruby and Mingle.

I’m heading back home to the states this Friday and I’ve yet to hear where I’ll be staffed, so hopefully something should come up soon.