JC Web Concepts

Bought an Android Phone

I finally took the plunge and converted from iPhone to Android. I just bought the Samsung Galaxy S3. I guess buying the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has made me make the change. It could also be due to the changes that are rumored for the iPhone 5. I have owned it for few days and so far I am liking it. In the following weeks I would like to post on how I am doing things that I use to do with my iPhone. I have read a few of these blog posts, but I am sure some would love to hear my perspective.

Terminal IDE for Android

I just purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and I am loving it. So since I am new I have been looking around for some good apps to use. I think I found one in an app called Terminal IDE . This application brings a developmenting environment with Git support that I can do some web development work with it. I am not going to say I can replace my desktop or a laptop, but you can do some quick fixes with it. A good accessory to get with it is the Logitech bluetooth keyboard . You will have to let me know in the comments below on what you think about this nice application.

Web Development on Android

One of my latest purchases was an Android Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. Unfortunately I have to get a replacement but it happens. So getting back on track I am new to an Android device. I found a great app on the Google Play Store, called Terminal IDE . This app brings you access to the terminal and you have some nice commands to work with. A few to name is, Git, VIM, find, etc… Once I get my tablet back I will do a video demo to show it off.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Well this past week Adobe has launched their new cloud service called, Adobe Creative Cloud . As of launch they are charging a monthly fee of $49.99 and I believe it is going to be well worth it. I will gladly pay that amount to get all of the Adobe products for both Windows and Mac. So lets say you wanted to buy a master collection copy of Adobe for both OS’es, you would be paying 2599.99 per OS. Yep that would cost you $5199.98 and that is for the current version. When a new version comes out you can pay and upgrade rate but still pay.

So with doing some simple math here, 5199.98/49.99=104. That would be almost 9 years to get what I would have paid for one version. I think I will gladly take that. I will let you guys decide but right now I think that is pretty much a steal. Thoughts?

Octopress and Lion

I just bought a few weeks ago a new MacBook Pro and I love it. So now it was time to setup my computer to use rvm and Octopress. So I logged into the Mac App store and downloaded the newest version of Xcode and installed it. I then went to the Octopress webstite and followed the directions on setting up RVM.

I ran into several errors about make and gcc-4.2. So after searching around the internet I found some help. It appears that after version 4.1, Ruby and xcode do not play nice. So I downgraded my version of Xcode and had to install a patch for gcc . Lastly you will want to add the following to your bash_profile or your zshrc:


Now, just restart your terminal app and then go ahead and follow the Octopress site to finish setting it up.

Using Git for SVN

So I have switched from SVN to Git and I am very happy about it. When I am at work I am stuck using SVN and I hate it. So I learned about a command that git has called git svn. It allows me to clone an SVN repo and locally use Git for it. I can make my commits and keep things versioned via Git. When I am done I can then commit it to the SVN repo and nobody would know I used Git instead of SVN. What is nice is it will commit all the changes, not just one massive one. I have yet to run into and issue but that’s ok if I do. So if you are a Git user stuck in an SVN world, then this is the way to save yourself. Let me show you an example of how to use this.

git svn clone "urlToSVNrepository"
git svn clone "http://svn.google.com/sampleTest"

git svn clone "urlToSVNrepository" -T trunk -b branches -t tags

git svn clone "http://svn.google.com/sampleTest" -T trunk -b branches -t tags

So now you have your svn project using git, which is nice. What also is nice is your project no longer has a bunch of .svn folders like you see in SVN land. That should be one of many things that will make you want to do this. I will make tutorial video on this soon so stay tuned if you are interested.

Switching to Octopress

I have decided to leave the world of WordPress, for the world of Octopress . I will have some tutorials on this blogging framework but there are some reasons I made this change. I think the biggest reason I changes was Octopress does not use a database. To me that is just a great performance boost. The application comes with some nice plugins like twitter, Github, and Google+.

Using one command like rake deploy, and it automatically pushes the compiled static content to my web server with 1and1 via rsync. I no longer have to login to an admin panel and use a bloated tool like WordPress has. I can open vim or TextMate and start writing my post using Markdown. So go try it out. I think you guys and gals will love it.

Spotlight for Windows and Linux

One of the nice features in MacOSX is the use of Spotlight. I hardly use icons anymore and just hit command+space and type what I need. While I am in Gentoo or Windows XP, I sorely miss this functionality. Well today I started to look and found a nice tool called Launchy .

This tool supports skinning and plugins to enhance the already nice tool. What is nice is by default I can do math in it like I can do in spotlight. When I want to call the tool I hit alt+space and it comes up. I will continue to play with this tool but so far I love it.