Ruby Clojure Integration

Lately I’ve been looking into the Clojure programming language, a Lisp that’s implemented on top of the JVM. One of the aspects of Clojure that I’m interested in is its ability to integrate into existing projects, especially Ruby projects. Since Clojure runs on the JVM and already integrates with Java it should be easy to integrate into a Ruby...

Welcome Emily!

Welcome Emily! Emily Weyrich started here at Element 84 on Friday, helping us to bring some business expertise into the fold. She is a great addition and we look forward to working with her. See her bio on the “about us” page for more information about her background.

Using Vagrant for Ruby (or nearly any other kind of web...) development

I recently had the opportunity to talk at the DC Ruby User’s Group about how we use Vagrant in our web development projects.  My slides are available here.  The short version is that Vagrant provides a virtualized development environment.  This doesn’t mean you have to write everything using vi or Emacs in a shell (though I won’t...

Precompiling Assets With Relative Paths in Rails 3.1

We recently ran into an issue precompiling assets in Rails 3.1 for production. By default, Rails 3.1’s rake:assets:precompile task jams assets into a /assets directory. This works for simple deployments, but when deployed in Tomcat (or most application containers) some root context is applied to the application path.

Welcome Patrick!

Element 84 is pleased to welcome Patrick Quinn to the crew! He’s getting ready to roll his sleeves up on a couple of new projects that we’re spinning up and we’re glad to have him aboard. Welcome Patrick!!

Google Exchange Sync gets real delete!!

I’m really late to the party on this but tonight I just found that Google finally implemented/fixed/added the ability to actually delete things from a mobile synced (Exchange/ActiveSync) Google account!  This is huge.  Up until now, if you configured your iOS device to use your account as an Exchange account, the only way to get Push email support, when...

Jason's Technology Radar

I just attended the Ruby Nation conference last weekend. It was the first time I had gone to this particular conference and it ranks up there with some of the best conferences I’ve attended. It was two days on Friday and Saturday and had two different rooms available for sessions. I measure the success of a conference by how I...

Icon dimensions don't meet the size requirements...

After cruising along just fine pushing apps to the iTunes App Store we suddenly ran into this today: iPhone/iPod Touch: Icon.png: icon dimensions (0 x 0) don't meet the size requirements. The icon file must be 57x57 pixels, in .png format (-19014)

Jason Gilman to present in February!

On February 22, Jason will be speaking at the Columbia, MD Java User Group about JRuby at 6pm. You can register here.