It would be accurate to say that i have been pretty busy! My job has been totally excellent. I’ve been learning a whole bunch, but it’s difficult to grasp and i have been slightly frustrated with myself at times for not picking it up as fast as i’d like to. I recommend peepcode.com for some really great video tutorials about Ruby, Rails, REST, Git, Rspec, Ajax, Prototype. It makes me realise that i was never a Rails programmer before. I was a Rails dabbler! Now i can see myself getting becoming super proficient at Rails, but it’s going to take a while!
In my spare time i have also been busy with a PHP project for a friend: a web shop sheabliss.co.uk. My friend sells some top quality products made with shea butter. I use them every day, and thoroughly recommend them. It has been fun to work on the site, which is FreeWebshop with some heavy modifications. It’s an opensource community project so i have shared my mods on the forum and some of them are being included with the next release version! :)
For the experience, and to help me get used to it, i have installed Git at home and i’m using it for revision control on the web shop. It’s really amazing how you can switch branches and it instantly modifies the necessary files in your filesystem. It means i can work on separate things simultaneously without worrying about them interfering with each other. When the time comes and the changes have gone live and been verified, i can merge the changes back into the master branch.
This is a trivial example showing how i branched this evening to do the reCAPTCHA separately from icon changes and then merged them together later. At work we get far more elaborate branching, quickly resembling a map of the London Underground! It’s fun! :D
Speaking of London, we are going there tomorrow! :) We’ll be meeting a friend for lunch and then going to a midsummer party. Should be excellent, i imagine! :)