Quest for the Holy Rails

May 18, 2007

Intentional Programming

Filed under: Off Topic — Jake Brownson @ 6:28 am

I apologize for the long delay in posts, my parents were in town last week, and this week I’m catching up on homework. In the meantime I discovered an interesting programming paradigm that I’d been thinking about for awhile now, but didn’t know it had a name. It’s called intentional programming. (more…)


May 10, 2007

The Games People Play (Part 1)

Filed under: pente, rails — Jake Brownson @ 6:31 pm

In the last post we implemented a welcome controller that lets us sign up, in and out. Now we’re going to add a RESTful games resource to the project so users can manage games. (more…)

May 7, 2007

The Welcome Controller

Filed under: pente, rails — Jake Brownson @ 1:27 am

In the last post we created the Rails project and added authentication. In this post we will add a welcome controller. (more…)

May 4, 2007

Our Journey Begins: Players

Filed under: pente, rails — Jake Brownson @ 8:24 pm

I’ve introduced the concept of test driven development and REST and I’m finally ready to start writing some code on my Pente project. In this post I will setup the project, and generate and customize the player resource. (more…)

May 2, 2007

RESTing on Rails isn’t as Dangerous as it Sounds

Filed under: design decisions, rails — Jake Brownson @ 7:38 pm

I have decided to try and use REST design for my Pente project, and the purpose of this post is to ground readers on how I came to that decision. (more…)

Would you Jump Before you Checked your Parachute?

Filed under: design decisions, rails — Jake Brownson @ 7:59 am

Software engineering has one big difference from all other engineering disciplines. If a civil engineer built a bridge without going through computer simulations, scale models, and rigorous review he would be jailed. If an aerospace engineer thought he found a new wing design and threw it on a passenger jet to see if it would work he and his grandchildren would be barred from engineering forever. Nobody thinks twice when a software engineer whips up a new function and runs it to see if it works. In this post I’ll introduce the concept of test driven development and explain why I will be using it for my Pente project. (more…)

All Aboard! Getting Started with Rails

Filed under: getting started, rails — Jake Brownson @ 6:07 am

I’m not going to try and recreate the wonderful getting started with Rails documents that exist all over the web. Instead I’m going to point you to the resources I found the most helpful when I started looking at Rails. (more…)

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