ScreenSteps – Part 2

by john on March 31, 2008

Revisiting where I left off in ScreenSteps Part 1, I had an interest to try the export to blog feature, for obvious reasons. When you chose to export to a blog, the content you create in ScreenSteps is uploaded to (…)

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Copy Finder Path to Clipboard – Tip 2

by john on March 28, 2008

Copy path from Finder to clipboard, including drag and drop support for folders within the Finder window.

Copy Finder Path to Clipboard – Tip 1

by john on March 27, 2008

Show how to copy the path of Finder into the clipboard.

Open Terminal Here…

by john on March 25, 2008

Must have utility of for quickly opening a terminal from within Finder on Mac OS X.

Ruby as AppleScript Alternative – Part 6

by john on March 25, 2008

In this post I’ll show how to use the interactive help system within rb-appscript to explore the scripting interface for an application. To begin, you’ll need to verify that you have installed ASDictionary version 0.9.0 or later. You can download (…)

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Ruby as AppleScript Alternative – Part 5

by john on March 24, 2008

In the previous posts on rb-appscript I dug into some code to show how you can use Ruby and rb-appscript to accomplish the same tasks available with AppleScript. Let’s take a few steps back to look closer at some of (…)

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ScreenSteps – Part 1

by john on March 21, 2008

One aspect of my day job is developer relations for Mojax, an application framework for building mobile applications. Screencasts have been helpful to demonstrate various aspects of the platform and tools. I currently use iShowU for creating screencasts. This is (…)

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Mass Rename File Extensions

by john on March 19, 2008

I recently had to rename somewhere in the neighborhood of 100+ files as I was moving code from one platform to another. Obviously, I was looking for a quick solution, and what follows is the shell (Bash) script that I (…)

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Ruby irb Command History

by john on March 17, 2008

If you spend any amount of time working with Ruby in the interactive shell (irb), what follows is a handy script for adding command completion support as well as command history across irb sessions.

DOMAssistant Bundle

by john on March 17, 2008

A DOM Assistant bundle for TextMate.

Rails Call for Papers Countdown…

by john on March 16, 2008

There are just two days left in the Call for Papers for the Rails Europe 2008 conference. The final deadline for papers is midnight on March 18th, 2008!

“FireBug Like” Tools in Safari

by john on March 15, 2008

Safari includes a Firebug like web-content debugging tool known as Web Inspector. Learn how to activate this tool within Safari.

Ruby, an AppleScript Alternative – Part 4

by john on March 14, 2008

The fourth in a series of posts on how to use Ruby (rb-appscript) as a replacement for AppleScript.

Terminal Focus Follows Mouse

by john on March 14, 2008

The followings two tips are for those who spend any amount of time in terminal windows. The first tip shows how to configure focus follows mouse, which is handy when you jump between multiple terminals. The second tip demonstrates how (…)

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Apple Developer Conference!

by john on March 14, 2008

Announcement of the upcoming Apple Developer Conference (WWDC).

Ruby, an AppleScript Alternative – Part 3

by john on March 13, 2008

This post is 3rd in a series about using Ruby and rb-appscript as an alternative to AppleScript.

Ruby, an AppleScript Alternative – Part 2

by john on March 13, 2008

This is Part 2 in a series on Ruby as an alternative to AppleScript. Introduced are dictionaries and Scripting Additions.

Ruby, an AppleScript Alternative – Part 1

by john on March 12, 2008

An introduction and installation guide for rb-appscript to enable Ruby developers to query and control scriptable applications on a Mac, providing an alternative to AppleScript.