A lot of people have been asking about the Storefront and whether I’ve abandoned it with all that’s gone on with Oxite, etc. The short answer is no – I haven’t. And believe it or not, Oxite didn’t impact anything with respect for the storefront at all. I promise!
The deal is that I’m on vacation right now for 2.5 weeks or so in Portland (LOVE IT here). While on vacation I’m stealing time to work on stuff – mainly our forthcoming book. The rest of the time I’m hanging with my family and trying not to freeze to death. People tell me we’re below the Arctic Circle, but I think Portland may actually be somewhere north of Juneau, and they move it around just like in Lost.
The good news is that I have a new one of these things:
I really can’t say enough about it. This may sound completely silly, but the thing that sold me was the construction of the case – it’s milled from a solid piece of metal. If you notice in the picture – there are no seams. The display is covered completely with a protective glass – this is huge if you have kids that like to poke at Diego and Dora on the screen. It also makes it very easy to clean.
It’s literally about twice as fast as my 2 yr. old Mac Book – the main reason being the Core 2 Duo processors and DDR3 RAM (which is a big step up from 2 years ago). The price tag is still pretty spendy – the base Mac Book Pro comes in at $1990, the upgraded version is $2499. The good news, however, is that the upgraded version has a bigger hard drive and fills all the RAM slots so you don’t need to buy more RAM – it’s already maxxed at 4G.
To be honest I feel completely lame for buying this thing with the economy the way it is. The truth of it, however, is that I will be travelling a lot in the coming year and my wife has sort of taken over my old MBP. We could share – sure – and we probably should have. I feel a bit like I’m fiddling while Rome’s aflame. It’s my job, however, and there are things that you can categorize as luxury, as equipment, and as both. I happen to be very high maintenance when it comes to equipment and buying a computer every 2 years really is not that crazy.
A Word About Rails
Macs come with Rails installed (1.2.6 I believe) as well as Ruby (1.8.6). I usually wipe it completely out and start from scratch (I leave Ruby though) as I never trust factory installs with anything.
It took me about 15 minutes to download and install the latest Rails version (2.2.3) as well as update Gems and install TextMate. I hadn’t played with Rails in a while and it was a lot of fun to see what’s come of the framework in the last year and a half. The use of SQL Lite is an interesting one – not too sure what I think of it but it made the experience a lot more simple I must say.
The reason I bring this up is simply to say that I’m not losing site of the type of simplicity I love. I’ve ventured deep into DDD land of late (as well as some other areas) and messed around with the more “ornate” and “baroque” sides of development. Hopefully you won’t read an opinion in there – I’ve learned a WHOLE LOT and I have to say that I’m 100 times the geek I was before I started.
The thing I’m getting at here is that I love simple things. Truly. It’s one of the reasons I really dig the MacBook: the design is soooo clean and simple, the buttons are just the right size, and there isn’t a lot of “engineering filigree” all over the thing. It’s quite Zen.
To bring us back to where I started (with the Storefront) – it’s always been my focus to keep it simple yet powerful. There is some work left to do with my refactoring, but I’m taking some time away right now to regenerate mind, body, and spirit and hopefully my journey will benefit you in the end.