HTML5 Periodic Table -
See what tags your or any site uses on a cool Periodic Table interface! Super cool
Reflections on MongoDB: There will be blood -
Nice ‘from the trenches’ reflection on MongoDB production use from CollectiveIdea.
jQuery Disqus Plugin with Markdown and Syntax Highlighting Support -
Disqus is a great plug-n-chug commenting system, but it’s lacking a few very useful features: Markdown support, code pretty printing, and callbacks to tell you when a comment has been added or edited. And getting the comment/reaction count for the current page or linked posts is overly complicated and/or not-well-documented. This plugin hopefully simplifies the Disqus installation process while adding several helpful features.
How to Run Background Jobs on Heroku for Free -
Delayed::Job and Resque are excellent ruby gems, but they require substantial funds and/or time to setup on Heroku or Slicehost. High cost/effort prevents bootstrapped startups from building apps that need background processing, like aggregators. So I’ve hacked together a template Sinatra app that uses GAE to give you free Cron and Task-Queue functionality on Heroku.
Excellent intro with specific examples on how to build an app with Sammy.js using MVC.
Picasa jQuery Plugin -
A simple jQuery plugin to get albums and images from Picasa without the need for PHP, Ruby, or any other server side language. Makes it easy to create a simple, dynamic, free, client-side-only image gallery.
How to build a real-time blog with Node.js and MongoDB -
Excellent example of a Node.js and MongoDB application
Advanced Rails MetaProgramming with InstanceEval -
The instance_eval method is probably the coolest thing about ruby. Good use of instance_eval is what makes a framework a good framework in my opinion. Learn how to use it for your next gem.
Top 2 Strategies to Build Better RubyGems -
Ruby and Rails were both Disruptive Innovations, in part by adhering to Convention over Configuration. Rubygems were like that too. But we’re starting to follow Java’s footsteps. Rubygems are becoming too configurable. This dramatically increases the barrier to entry and slows down innovation. Here are some ways to kill that barrier.