Myles a Perth-based web developer who has worked in all the major web languages, his weapon of choice being Ruby on Rails—although he’s found himself doing more and more front-end development in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.

Myles's articles

  1. Rails 2.1 release candidate 1 is on its way

    Word out on the wire is that Rails 2.1 RC1 has been tagged in the repository, so the gems should be available shortly. Being a point release, the changes aren’t major – mainly bug fixes and some performance improvements, but there are still some new features that will make it worth a look. Updated timezone […]

  2. Smooth your deployment with Passenger

    I alluded to the release of Phusion’s Passenger (AKA mod_rails) – an Apache module that can run multiple Rails sites, just as PHP does. The significance of this is pretty huge. Up until now, running rails has required running Mongrel behind an Apache proxy or using FastCGI (or preferably fcgid). Although Mongrel did a sterling […]

  3. Ruby On Rails Linkage: GitHub, Passenger and more…

    The Rails core team is inching towards version 2.1 of Rails which adds a myriad of new features including named scopes, gem dependencies and native timezone support. The official launch of GitHub has seen an explosion of articles on how to use Git, and it looks like Rails can finally become a first class citizen […]

  4. Subversion gits the last train

    There has just been an announcement that the Rails-core source code version control repository is moving over from Subversion (SVN) to git and they will be using Lighthouse for bug tracking instead of trac. Does this affect you? Not directly (unless you like playing on edge-rails), but it is a good excuse to talk about […]

  5. Other cool ruby projects

    With all the noise that Rails makes, you would be forgiven for thinking that it is the be all and end all of the Ruby world – sure it has popularised the language, but there are lots of other cool projects using the Ruby. Here are a few: Merb Merb is another full-stack web framwork, […]

  6. alt.ruby

    There is no denying that Ruby on Rails is creating some noise amongst the web development circles – you have read the blogs, and maybe bought the t-shirt, but did you know that Ruby as a language has been getting some attention too? Up until now you would have been using the original Matz Ruby […]

  7. RESTful Rails. Part II

    For those of you who have been waiting with baited breath to read the second installment of my RESTful Rails blog post, wait no longer! Although it started as a blog post, it ended up being expanded to a full blown article entitled Rapid RESTful Rails App — No Really!. In the article you will […]

  8. Rapid RESTful Rails Apps — No, Really!

    With its built-in support for a REST-style architecture, Ruby on Rails makes building web apps easy and intuitive. In this article, Myles demonstrates how to get a tumblelog application up and running with a minimum of code, complete with full support for your own web services API.

  9. RESTful Rails. Part I

    RESTful Rails have been a a much debated part of the Rails core, since the original restful_rails plugin was merged in to core just over a year ago. But with the improvements that have been made in Rails 2.0, they are here to stay, so it is important to understand what they are, how they […]

  10. Upgrading to Rails 2.0. A Recipe

    In previous posts, I’m covered some of the updates to Rails 2.0 and how to prepare for Rails 2.0 but haven’t really covered the mechanics of HOW to upgrade to Rails 2.0. So as part of the 6 things to try in Rails this year series, I have compiled a quick recipe that works for […]