My name is John McAliley. I try to develop good software and try to help others by sharing my experiences and answering questions. For the last few years I have been blogging about Ruby and Rails at http://www.cowboycoded.com. Currently, I am co-owner of CouponShack.com, an online coupon database and myHeatmap.com, which provides interactive geographic heatmaps for longitude/latitude data. I used to be a Java developer for several large corporations and I am glad that is behind me. I am a fan of agile methods. And yes, I am a recovering cowboy coder.

John's articles

  1. RubySource: Creating Your First Gem

    You see gems everywhere in the Ruby world. They are the backbone of just about every Ruby app out there. I’ll admit that I was a bit intimidated the first time I tried to create a gem, but I soon found out that it’s dead simple.

  2. Creating Your First Gem

    You see gems everywhere in the Ruby world. They are the backbone of just about every Ruby app out there. I’ll admit that I was a bit intimidated the first time I tried to create a gem, but I soon found out that it’s dead simple. In this blog series I will start by covering […]