Today I attended ‘Project Night’ at Ottawa Ruby. This was my second Experience in a ‘meetup’ or programmer gathering environment, and both times it was awesome! I met people working on a variety of projects. One of these was an interface to a new Google API or service that I don’t understand (I hope to talk to the author again at the next meetup to try and understand :)) called Diatropikon. Another project I saw was from a friend, an application called Gradster he was making to keep track of grades with a web interface written in Rails. Some of the things people are capable of doing with software are crazy. The creativity of other programmers never ceases to amaze me.
Anyway, at Project Night I worked on Syntag, which is a Rails app I’m writing to try and crowdsource code snippets. I learned about how easy it is to make JSON APIs in Rails using the respond_to helper function. Here is an example of one of my controllers before and after adding JSON API capabilities.
This blows my mind. Now, with this modification to all my controller methods (no extra code/cost), I can do a request like /snippets/0.json and it will give me the snippet with the ID 1, or /snippets.json to get all the snippets! :o
That’s all for today. I know I forgot a couple days (I was watching TV and being lazy :p), but I am back on the straight and narrow now!
You can see the progress on Syntag at It’s GitHub repository.