Archive - 2011
Due to the complexity of modern software development, you absolutely have to use software for agile project management. For the simple reason that the human brain cannot by itself separate the trees from the forest, cannot zoom in to be able to concentrate without distraction on a current task, then zoom out by degrees to see the various bigger pictures.
Any software you feel helps you is fine. The lighter the better, generally speaking.
Since one of the most important considerations is that it all be as close as possible to the code, and allow full traceability from requirements to commits and back, my latest experience is making use of GitHub itself for a self-contained, light agile process tracking experience.
You can take a look at an open source example here: https://github.com/victorkane/lit/issues
Far from being a wannabe "missing manual" for Jade this article is simply my own "path of understanding" of how the Jade template engine is utilized in the Express framework, expressed in a simple "work in progress" app which you can find here: https://github.com/victorkane/heyjade
Now, everyone complains that there is "no documentation" for Jade. Actually, just on github, there is a lot in the Readme.md, plus a huge examples directory, plus a jade example in the Express source. Not to mention the Express Guide, which enlightens us on many aspects of how Jade is used with Express.
So I thought I would just work my way through a good part of that, by building a little sample app on github that you can step through by branching through the commits. Again, please follow along here, and check back every now and then for updates as my comprehension goes deeper and deeper (I hope).: https://github.com/victorkane/heyjade
So there is a Mac side and an Ubuntu side to my personality, what can I say. And when on my Mac, when it comes to sftp clients Cyberduck is cute, and cool and everything, but being me I just like Fugu more. Like that "Commander" split window look.
One of the things I like about it is the Command-J remote file editing which is quick and snappy. However, the preferences don't allow you to specify ad-hoc editors. So how do I get my beloved MacVim to work with remote file editing (making the combination of Fugu + MacVim a nifty IDE or at least environment I can think in)?
Searching led me to part of the answer, good old jessie wrote about this back in 2006 at http://www.jessiemihalik.com/articles/2006/08/16/customizing-the-editor-...
However, specifying /Applications/MacVim.app didn't work for me; instead I said for it to be invoked as a binary at /usr/bin/Vim.
Steps I took:
I've written about vim as an IDE before. In this case, however, in order to prepare for node hacking, and also in line with a recent discussion about IDE's on the node mailing list, I'm documenting here notes I made while getting geared up with gvim (macvim) for SSJS development with some of the more important plugins that were mentioned (you know, it's that "so how do I actually do this" moment) (this should all work fine on either MacBook Pro or Ubuntu/Linux):
This article rounds up what is available on the internet right now for getting started with Node.js, and includes a gem at the beginning a special recommendation at the end.
- Ryan Dahl's 2009 presentation of Node.js at JSConf 2009
As cited in the Node.js mailing list, this gem is still best single intro to the concepts, architecture and general overview of Node.js despite the passing of two years (a long time in SSJS land!).
- 7 Free E-Books and Tutorials for Learning and Mastering Node.js lists several sources, and I will outline a general description of each below.
- edit (best dive in deep free resource): The "Let's make a web app" series of articles and accompanying github repo commits conforming the Nodepad editor project (built on Node.js, Express.js and MongoDB) on the dailyjs.com blog, written by Alex Young. Continually updated by Alex as different versions of node, npm, etc. emerge, it will "walk you through building a web app with Node, covering all the major areas you’ll need to face when building your own applications."
- edit (deserves special mention): Hands-on Node.js http://nodetuts.com/handson-nodejs-book.html
You can download the first 60 pages of this $3.99 book for free. My verdict: looks like it actually gives devs what they need to start building applications. Will write review after working with it.
- edit: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/library/cl-nodejscloud/