Wednesday 11th March, 2015
Week 320 - Interesting links
This is a nice simple walkthrough of how to use Docker to setup a Rails development environment. Also I hadn’t come across boot2docker, the lightweight Linux distribution, or the headless gem, a Ruby wrapper around Xvfb, before. — JM
My involvement in the London Computation Club has made me more interested in the design trade-offs in compilers, interpreters, etc. This experimental implementation of an interpreter for JRuby based on the work of an Oracle Labs intern sounds fascinating. Via Tom H. — JM
Reading this reminded me of the “ASCII Delimited Text” blog post I linked to in week 272 links. The use of these ASCII control characters really appeals to me. I guess that they’ve not really been adopted because using printable characters is so much easier. — CR
I spent a short while playing with this earlier today and was pretty impressed. It’s not something I have a need to use everyday but I can certainly remember occasions where it would’ve saved me some time. Even the basic ability to display CSV data in a table will come in handy.
It also includes an option (
xsv fmt --ascii) to convert from CSV to ASCII delimiters, as discussed in the link above. — CR