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i'm will dennis. these are my movie reviews and thoughts. i don't proofread before publishing so forgive the editing or lack thereof

Month: February, 2013

resources for learning ruby on rails

Here’s what I used to duck tape together a prototype using ruby on rails. If you’re looking for a dev cofounder I recommend building an app (ideally the prototype for your idea), no matter how much tech experience you have. It’s an invaluable knowledge set to have if you’re trying to build a tech company, recruit tech talent, and let people know you’re serious about hustling. I would argue it’s a necessity.

Rails + CSS:
General Tutorial:
I found the videos most helpful but the pdf can be good to reference. You pick up CSS basics along the way as well.
Guide to Ruby as a Language:
Pretty light and playful. Worth skimming.
Specific Feature Tutorials:
Great follow-along videos for building almost any feature in rails.
Amazing Q+A for programming issues.
Good for looking up CSS how-to’s.

apps are trouble for apple

I recently switched from the iPhone’s native mail app to Sparrow. It’s great. I’ve also heard great things about the app Fantastical as a replacement for the native iOS calendar app. I’m considering coughing up $5 for it.

The less native iOS apps I use the less I’m tied to iOS as a platform. If Android offers the same apps I’ve adopted to replace Apple’s core¬†utility apps, the cost of switching away from iPhone is significantly lower.

As hardware becomes more and more of a commodity, Apple should focus on delivering best-in-class software. Otherwise, the app ecosystem they’ve built might in fact lead to people jumping ship to use their favorite apps on other hardware.

And here’s a bad-pun alternative title: “Put the app back in apple”