Have fun RESTing!

Cheesy post titles aside… I just discovered the very simple but incredibly useful RESTClient at: http://code.google.com/p/rest-client/ . It’s a simple Java GUI app for testing out one’s REST services. You can choose your: URL, HTTP method, add any custom headers, add a body for PUT/POST, set auth info, SSL info, and do simple scripting. This is an incredibly useful tool, AND a far cry better than doing it all on the command line with curl.

Jive Launches SBS and a Rocket

My company is amazing. In preparation for the launch of our new product, some of the team got together to launch a rocket. After all, NASA uses Jive, so why shouldn’t we use rockets? There was one dude on site who managed to catch this awesome snapshot!Jive Launches the SBS Rocket!

Updating RubyGems on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

I’m just posting a simple tip today. I was wanting to play around with the very cool SASS meta-language using Compass. The language and tool are implemented in Ruby, which is pre-installed on OS X, but as I discovered, I needed a newer version of RubyGems. I had already known I needed to update Gems, so I was doing the following: Eventually I got errors like this: Turns out, to update RubyGems, one must update the gem system!

Foxmarks: Bookmark Synchronization Heaven

Long have I searched for the magic bullet solution to my bookmark synchronization woes. I’ve wanted a simple plugin that would synchronize my bookmarks between multiple installations of Firefox and Safari, thus making it simple to access said bookmarks from any computer, or between the two commonly used browsers on my Mac. I’ve looked at many options, but always the solution only allows me to sync one browser or the other, leaving me looking for some secondary sync tool to get between Firefox and Safari on my Mac itself, not via network or a proper sync.

Logins with mod_rewrite, Cookies, and Javascript Redux

A while back I posted a simple solution for restricting website access in a situation where HTTP basic authentication couldn’t be used. Not much more to the story, but I did make a few tweaks to my sample code. The mod_rewrite rule and javascript have been a tiny bit improved, so now after a successful login, it will try to redirect you to where you intended to go. (Previously, it always sent the user to /) Also, in the comments I made it MUCH clearer that this is NOT intended to be a secure solution, just a simple way to keep Google and random people out of things.