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Ruby guru. Open source advocate. OS X and Linux user. Publisher on development issues.

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28 Jan 2010 (updated 28 Jan 2010 at 00:34 UTC) »
coder.io: awesome stuff for developers (soon)

I seem to post here only when major things are happening. All the day to day stuff ends up on my Twitter account... :-)

Anyway, the big deal now is that I'm moving from exclusively focusing on the Ruby space to helping all of developerdom! My new project is coder.io, and if you're a developer with an interest in stuff like Git, Ruby, Python, Apache, OS X, Linux, the iPhone, memcached, and stuff like that.. go register an interest. You'll only get a few mails EVER and I'll let you know as things launch.

As an aside, there will be a coder.io podcast featuring interviews with people who run (or are gurus of) software projects like those mentioned above. If you're the author of a popular library, technology, etc, get in touch - there might be an interview opportunity :-)

Things have jumped quite a bit in the last couple of years for me. Over two years ago now I launched Ruby Inside to promote my book "Beginning Ruby" published by Apress. Instead of just promoting the book, however, it has become the most popular Ruby weblog out there with over 16,000 subscribers! The power of open source audiences!

I have partnered up with someone else now to do a similar thing in the nascent iPhone development industry.. so welcome Mobile Orchard, a blog for iPhone and iPod Touch developers!

It seems I have moved out of development somewhat and more into publishing news and information for those who ARE developing.. and most of that is aimed at open source developers. So.. even if I'm not developing software, I'm trying to help the community. Long may it all last!

It's been a couple of years since I posted here.. I'm really glad Advogato didn't die during that phase several months ago, and vow to do a bit more here ;-)

Currently playing with Linus' 'git' (which is definitely proving how superior it is to Subversion) after being won over by this presentation. It runs on OS X pretty well, but I'm wondering whether to move to Linux full-time for development nowadays..

Not significant amounts of news. Feed Digest has become a real business, and I sold my Code Snippets app/site (first announced here on Advogato!) to DZone for a not insignificant five figure sum earlier this year.. who says you can't make money from open source? (downside: it's not open source anymore.. blame my license for that ;-))

I've become the latest addition to the Weblogs Inc., recently purchased by AOL, stable of bloggers. I'll be working on the OpenSource.weblogsinc.com weblog covering the open source beat, so if you have any leads, drop me a line. I start this week :-)

It's been a few months since I posted and.. wow, what a few months! One of my crazy ideas has turned into a proper business and gotten some funding. Am I the next dot com millionaire? Nah.. but it's great working with technology and not worrying too much about how I'm going to buy the next sack of groceries anyway. We're moving for further rounds soon..

In other news, my buddies at Globat have launched MillionDollarHelpPage.com, in order to raise $1 million for Katrina victims. It's based off of the MillionDollarHomePage.com idea that's been going around the net lately where a 21-year-old British kid has made $150,000 so far to pay for his university education. Now let's hope Globat can do it to make money for those in serious need :)

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