Tag Archives: Web Applications

Better resource creation

It seems that I was a little unclear in my post about using the HTTP PUT method for resource creation, so let me try again. In this post Benjamin Carlyle points out that using POST for resource creation has some serious flaws. To see the main problem with using POST for resource creation consider the […]

Deprecating POST

Benjamin Carlyle has an interesting bit about the possibility of deprecating the HTTP POST method. I think most people who have thought deeply about RESTful architectures have had similar thoughts. GET, PUT and DELETE are all nicely idempotent, but POST is not. GET, PUT, and DELETE have clean, well defined semantics, but POST does not. […]

Some thoughts about PHP

I have been using PHP1 as my primary language for five months now so I feel somewhat qualified to speak about it. My overall conclusion is that PHP is weak sauce. It is easy to get started with PHP but it’s usefulness decreases as the complexity of the application increases. This is primarily because keeping […]


I finally got around to setting up Selenium and writing a few tests yesterday. I have been meaning to do that ever since Charlie pointed it out to me a few months ago. Man, I wish I hadn’t waited. Selenium is easily the best way to test a web app that I have every tried. […]

PHP Markdown with Footnotes

I have been using Markdown to write my blog posts for quite some time now and I really like it. I was a little surprised how much I liked it when I first switched because before I had been writing in HTML which works well. But it really is easier to focus on the content […]

Back to Ubuntu

I just completed my transition back to a Linux workstation1. My distro is Ubuntu, of course. I first tried Ubuntu about eight months ago, at my previous job, and was impressed so I stuck with it. On a side note, I am quite pleased to see how Ubuntu is getting noticed recently. Every time I […]

HTTP Is All You Need

Mr. Davidson saying that “FastCGI is weak sauce” and HTTP is were it’s at. Damn right. I am glad to see the Rails community is coming realizing the power of HTTP.

Peter’s WOA Maxims — #17

Never provide representations of static resources by dynamic means. Or, serve anything you possibly can directly from a file on a local file system. There are several reasons for avoiding dynamic mechanisms whenever possible. The most obvious reason is that it is wasteful to generate the identical content repeatedly. If the resource never, or very […]

Early impressions of PHP

In my new job I am getting a chance to really learn PHP. PHP is the workhorse of the web these days. There are tons of web applications written in PHP, probably more than any other language or framework. This is primarily because it is so productive, as I found out a while ago. All […]

Last Day at CFP Board

Today is my last day at CFP Board. That means that this is my last day working with RoR professionally, for a while at least, and that makes me a little sad. RoR is a sweet piece of work. It is a platform on which a developer can be enormously productive. For example, I fixed […]