A few days ago I put the final iteration of my old skating site back online as a quick test of how easy it was to deploy a website on the OpenShift platform. I am very impressed with how easy this was.
For development purposes I use Virtual Machines in VirtualBox, usually using the Ubuntu Server OS and are manually configured. Vagrant provides a mechanism to easily script the creation of these virtual machines so they can be torn down and rebuilt easily.
From the Vagrant site:
Vagrant provides easy to configure, reproducible, and portable work environments built on top of industry-standard technology and controlled by a single consistent workflow to help maximize the productivity and flexibility of you and your team
This is largely a quick start guide for my purposes, as I started experimenting with Vagrant. All this information is based on this getting started guide.
I have a strong dislike for applications that are still not able to provide any sort of internal update functionality and require the user to go to a web page to download an update.
I have written an update script for Calibre in the past to automate this update process. Today I made a modified version of this for VirtualBox. I use this application a lot for running various servers for my local development environment.
I have written in the past about my dislike of the amount of whitespace in the HTML that is created by Jekyll’s use of Liquid, but now I have been shown an even cleaner solution.
Continuing on from my last post, I have been delving into Python using Pythonista. Syncing scripts between platforms is not as simple as it could be, but now I have a solution. It is not perfect, but it does the job for me and it is developed in Python!