Unless you’ve been under a rock for some time, you’ve heard of the ruby-python war. I wasn’t sure in what side I was. Ruby is elegant, compact, flexible and full OO. I like python indentation rules and flexibility too, but dislike it’s lack of consistency in the core libs (part object, part procedural).
But now that I’ve watched this video of M. Python in which he admit he made some mistakes and conclude that a big incompatible new revision is necessary. New features will include, among other things, more verbosity. Read: no more statement! print 'something' will become print('something'). Why ? Because (the example he uses) if you want to redirect all your console output to a file or logger it will be easier like this then
replacing all the print statements in your code by hand
What ? Am I dreaming or he’s driving the language syntax from the technical limitations !?!
In ruby parenthesizes are optional so print 'something' is the same as print('something'). And if you want to redirect all the prints to somewhere else you simply override the Kernel print method.
That’s enough for me to move definitely to the ruby camp.
As you might have noticed, I switched from Blogger to WordPress. WordPress is one of the best blogging engine without a doubt. But some fundamental features are not included in the version hosted on wordpress.com like Markdown and Textile support.
Importing posts from Blogger to WordPress was a breeze. And setting up my new blog was equally delicious.
I now can blog from TextMate which make up a bit from the lack of markup support, plus I can add pages, widgets and stuff but not customize the templates… So I guess that when I’ll have enough time I’ll switch again to Typo on a free Rails host.
In my constant quest to bring Castle MonoRail closer to Ruby on Rails development style, one of the thing that kept me from choosing MonoRail over Rails for fun and pleasure was the code-compile-refresh process. Because we’re working in the static compiled world, a usual scenario looks like this.
Add or remove some code
Compile from the IDE or run NAnt
Restart the web server (under *nix XSP needs to be restarted to load the new assembly)
Refresh the browser (and wait for the app to restart AR and all other services)
This is painful! Why can’t we just code and refresh like with scripting languages?