Posts By: rob

Not Switching from Emacs to Vim

Following my last article about possibly making the heretical move to Vim from Emacs, I’ve been trying to use Vim as much as I can. I can now safely say that I will not be making the switch. There are a number of reasons to this. Firstly, and most importantly I can’t quite make the conceptual leap… Read more »

Switching from Emacs to Vim?

As my regular reader will know, I’m a heavy Emacs user (have been now for over two years). So why this heretical thinking then? A number of reasons. Firstly, I find I’m spending more and more time editing directly on a server. Obviously Emacs can handle this with Tramp mode. Yes, that’s true, but it would be much… Read more »

Great video showing off Tmux

I’m a heavy user of Tmux (spending roughly 45% of my time in it these days). But if you don’t know Tmux then Brian Hogan has a great video showing what it can do. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXwS7z6Dqic If you liked the video, you may want to buy his book. Some other great Tmux resources include: Hawkhost Tmux… Read more »

Looking for an UltraBook

It looks like I’m going to be doing a lot of travelling in the near future. This is all well and good, but my current laptop (a Sony Vaio VGN-Z) is starting to creak, and has quite a low battery life. This is unfortunate, as I really like my Vaio; the screen resolution is good, the… Read more »

I’ve Turned into a Hipster

After playing around with CoffeeScript, I find it is too good not to use. So now I am a CoffeeScript coder. Does this mean I’m a hipster? How embarrassing.

NodeJS: Experiments with Middle End Part 3

Note: This is the last in a series of posts describing my experiments with constructing a Middle End. In Part 1, we discussed the concept of the middle end and its advantages. In Part 2, we constructed a very simple example. In this post, we’re going to make that example slightly more complex by introducing… Read more »

NodeJS: Experiments with Middle End Part 2

Note: This is the second in a series of posts describing my experiments with constructing a Middle End. In Part 1, we discussed the concept of the middle end and its advantages. In my previous post, I talked about Kyle Simpson’s concept of a Middle End—a layer between the front end and back end. Today,… Read more »

Arch Linux Virtualbox Update

Gosh! I just found this in my list of draft posts (originally written in early 2010). I thought I might as well post it as it could be useful to someone out there? Again, this is one of those posts more for me, but hopefully other people might find it useful. Recently I updated my… Read more »

NodeJS: Experiments with Middle End Part 1

Back in October last year (2010) a bunch of us fled Berlin and made for Warsaw. Not just for the Vodka you understand, but more specifically for the Front-Trends conference. One of the talks was discussing the concept of the Middle End, by Kyle Simpson. This really made an impression on me, and I think… Read more »

Note to self: Node Deployment

This is really a note to me as since Delicious has “jumped the shark” I don’t really know where else to put it. I’ve been researching automated deployment of NodeJS applications, and found this excellent blog post to help me out: Deploying Node.JS Apps, by Ben Gourley. Plus this question on stack overflow on nginx… Read more »