Upgrading to Ruby 1.9.3-p362 and Rails 3.2.11

All versions of Rails prior to 3.2.11 have a serious security bug. Time to upgrade. Note that this machine has MySQL version 5, so step 7 is necessary for me. If you have MySQL version 6, copy libmysql.dll from there if it isn’t already on the path.

1. Install the latest version of Ruby (currently 1.9.3-p362)
  a. […]

MarkMyBook.com – first thoughts

Developing a new web site MarkMyBook.com. This web site will encourage young kids 4-13 to read, and to write about what they read. Two co-founders – Nikki Myers and Jennifer Deafenbaugh – and me, so far. Linux, Apache, Ruby/Rails, PostgreSQL. Currently hosted on Linode.

Expect to see technical issue and solutions in the weeks […]

Pry – replacement for irb

Pry is an alternative to irb that offers much more functionality. Pry can be invoked in the middle of a running program. This means you can use it for debugging, making developer consoles, and applying hot patches.

Upgrading to Ruby 1.9.3 and Rails 3.2 on Windows

My Windows machine had ruby 1.9.2 and Rails 3.1. Now that ruby 1.9.3 and rails 3.2 are out, it was time to upgrade. This method isn’t the easiest, but it worked just fine for me. Note that this machine has MySQL version 5, so step 7 is necessary for me. If you have MySQL version […]

Upgrading to Rails 3.1.1 on Windows

I just upgraded my Windows XP computer to use Ruby on Rails 3.1.1 with MySQL 5.1. Here’s how I did it:

0. pik is already installed via gem
1. Download rubyinstaller-1.9.2-p290.exe
2. Install ruby at c:\ruby\1.9.2-p290
3. pik add c:\ruby\1.9.2-p290\bin
4. Download DevKit-tdm-32-4.5.2-20110712-1620-sfx.exe
5. Install DevKit at c:\ruby\1.9.2-p290\DevKit
6. PATH=C:\ruby\1.9.2-p290\DevKit;%PATH%
7. pik use ruby 1.9.2p290
8. gem install json –platform=ruby
9. gem install mysql2 — […]

Rails 3.1 Is Out!

My first non-trivial Rails 3.1.0 app is working less than one hour after installing the rails 3.1.0 gem. Here is what I needed to do, including the rails install:

1. rvm gemset create 3.1.0
2. rvm gemset use 3.1.0
3. gem install rails
4. cd
4. rails new
5. cd rails_app
6. edit config/database.yml (user, password and database)
7. edit […]

Cucumber/json on Windows XP

I recently received this message while running my first cucumber application on my XP development machine:

ruby.exe – Unable To Locate Component
This application has failed to start because msvcrt-ruby18.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix the problem.

The solution turns out to be easy. Update old gems that still use ruby 1.8. In my case:
1. […]

Installing ruby 1.9.2p0 and Rails 3.0.3 and getting it to work with MySQL on Windows

Installing ruby 1.9.2 on Windows took several false starts before I got on the right track.

My development machine is a dual-boot Windows and Linux monster with pre-existing versions of Ruby, Rubygems, Rails, and MySQL. On the Windows side, I have a working version using ruby 1.86, rubygems 1.3.5, rails 2.3.8, and MySQL 5.1. The oldest […]