I work with smart people everyday but the number of times I meet or hear about a real geek seem much more rare.
I came across this new search engine recently called Simple Spark. Simple Spark is not yet another Google wannabe but a place to look for web-based applications that solve a problem you have or one you didn’t even knew you had.
If you are looking for a place to solve a business problem or compare to an idea you may have, this looks like a great place to start.
A quick search for software development related web applications revealed the results below:
I caught a post from Harry Pierson about SVNBridge, a bridge for using Subversion clients as a client for Team Foundation Server. The original post came from Brad Wilson who does some nice work with Codeplex.
I use Team Explorer on a daily basis from Visual Studio as my client to Team Foundation Server. Until recently SVNBridge would not have interested me very much but I have switched over to Subversion for consulting projects and some products I am working on. I still use Visual Studio but use VisualSVN, which is a nice client for Subversion that is an add-in to Visual Studio.
What makes this compelling? There are many more projects running under Subversion today and many small companies using it but there are large companies set on Team Foundation Server, now with SVNBridge you can run a client like VisualSVN or TortoiseSVN and have access to your Subversion repositories AND any Team Foundation Server repositories you may work with. This gives you one client and access to two types of repositories.
I think Microsoft has realized Subversion is real and they need to have some support for it. This is good new indeed.
I have used Visual SourceSafe for source control for many years. Most recently I have used either Vault from Sourcegear or Team Foundation Server from Microsoft. When I am working from home on smaller projects Vault has been my tool of choice, they give a free single-user licence, but they rely on Microsoft SQL Server which needs to be maintained and is therefore not very practical.
So, after much searching on the net for what others were using the answers kept coming up Subversion, which is an open-source version control system that many open-source projects have turned to. I have heard of both Subversion and CVS but not being much of an open source guy I was not that familiar with it. I decided to give it try and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to setup and use. Subversion is command line tool and for those used to MS-DOS it is not too bad.
Since most of my days are spent using a graphical user interface (Windows XP) I tried to find a version control system which would support a GUI. Other than the ones I have been using (Vault, Team Foundation, Visual SourceSafe), there was little to be found except…TortoiseSVN. TortoiseSVN installs itself into Windows Explorer and is activated through right mouse click on a directory in Explorer to manage the repository. It is a seamless integration into Explorer and very nice to use.
TortoiseSVN offers a wonderful set of features such as managing all branch, commits and reports right from Windows Explorer. The version, 1.43, as of this writing really is feature rich. From the TortoiseSVN site:
Features of TortoiseSVN/Subversion
TortoiseSVN makes a great Subversion client but working within Visual Studio is difficult to manage the Subversion repository by first checking them out in Windows Explorer. I found a great Visual Studio add-in called VisualSVN that integrates into Visual Studio and allows management of the repository much the same way Visual SourceSafe and Team Foundation Server.
VisualSVN comes with a price tag of $49. I am not affiliated with this company in any way, just a happy customer.
I am just learning how to setup and manage a Subversion repository, along the way I found this great free book available, one which is also published by O’Reilly. I am sure the authors would rather see you order the book from Amazon or another retailer but who can argue when it’s made available for free online.
I have been using Subversion for a few weeks now and very happy with it so far. I think for small teams this will work out very well.
Version 1.1 of Ruby in Steel has been released. This is a Ruby development environment that is an add-in to Visual Studio 2005 and becomes an integral part of the environment. I live in Visual Studio much of my day and being able to create Ruby and Ruby on Rails applications within Visual Studio is really nice.
I have blogged about Ruby in Steel recently and have been using the tool for a while now and really happy with it. I am also very happy with their support as well.
I can’t say enough good things about how nice this environment makes life so nice for someone who primarily focuses on Visual Studio development but wants to do some Ruby and Rails development and get up-to-speed quickly. The integration with all the nice Rails-ish tools like Gem, Rake and Capistrano is a huge bonus.
I came across a new Ruby on Rails podcast recently called Rubyology by Chris Matthieu who founded Numly.
Chris’s podcast include introductions and reviews to frameworks such as Camping and Hobo and include various screencasts showing their use and general Ruby and Rails techniques.
These podcasts run about 1/2 hour each and are very good, especially for a novice. The content is geared more toward development than another podcast I really enjoy, Rails Podcast.
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