Agile web development with Rails

I don’t know what make me buy this book a few years back: I was not using Ruby, had no planning to go for web development and never heard of Rails before. But flipping through the book in the bookshop made me realized that there had been some big changes in the way the web was working: sure, hacking some html and javascript everything is possible… in theory. In practice, a limit is quickly reached where it becomes prohibitive to make changes. That’s where framework such as Rails comes in the picture.

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Distributed version control system

Few months ago, I moved from Toulouse to Singapore. As I continue to play with satellite images, I wanted to keep an access to the OTB repository and still participate to this open source project. It was also a good opportunity to move to a distributed source control system: sometimes, when you’re stranded in a plane/train/meeting, you really wish to have access to a full repository to do some clean work. Also, if the repository is behind a triple firewall with no possible outside access, this is not a really good way to encourage contributions…

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