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Unique Ruby Engagement Rings?

I need help finding a ruby ring in a non-traditional but still engagement-ish setting. Ideally, the metal needs to be white-gold, unless you guys can recommend something sturdier/hypoallergenic that also has that silver-y color. This previous AskMe has been a great resource, only replace "sapphire" with "ruby." Even the budget is about right (but we can stretch it a bit higher if need be). I'm totally fine with lab-created stones, but not okay with diamonds, because of ethical reasons. Help me out, please?
posted by PearlRose on Jan 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Hourly contract rate for SQL in the UK?

I'm an American in the UK and have been hired to do some freelance work for a tech company in Northern England. I'm not sure what to charge for my hourly rate. I am working in SQL, writing queries and turning them into data visualizations for the web (using Ruby and Javascript/HTML). I am very junior, although quite competent at SQL; I'm coming up (and quickly) in the other areas. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Intensive programming "bootcamp" in California?

I'm interested in taking a month or possibly two off work and focusing intensely during that time on a very practical course of study related to web development. What are my options in California similar to this program? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 16, 2013 - 7 answers

What's the current hotness for web development frameworks?

What are the best options for quickly developing web applications? I'm looking for something as fast as possible to set up and get running, instead of getting bogged down in setup and configuration details. [more inside]
posted by meowzilla on Apr 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Advice for a female getting into programming as 2nd career?

I'd like to help my friend look into a career in programming. Best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Mar 21, 2013 - 25 answers

Content management systems in Ruby -- where are they at in 2013?

I'm interested in using a Ruby CMS as a substitute for the usual Wordpress or Drupal. Although I know my way around Rails, I am not sure whether there might be a good off-the-shelf way to make the control panel as easy to use for regular folks who are not programmers. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Jan 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Spinning, exploding Excel-driven web app: How or should it be?

Sometimes, I am a front-end web developer. Frequently, I meet new people at work who want to turn really complicated Excel documents into dazzlingly interactive web applications. Besides Excel's "Save to Web App" or "Save to SharePoint" features, such people ask if I can tap into an industry to support this -- perhaps scads of agencies and web-based or downloadable tools that make "websites" or at least customizable, interactive reports from Excel spreadsheets, data, and calculations. I'm yet to find this an abundance of examples of this. Are there? If so, what do you call them? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Jan 9, 2013 - 2 answers

How to solve a complex statistics problem with a script?

In this game, you roll a number of six-sided dice to get a total. The total is either the highest single die result, or the sum of any multiples rolled, whichever is higher. For example: If I roll three dice and get a 3, 4, and 6, my total is 6. But if I roll a 4, 4, and 6, my total is 8, the sum of the two 4s. What I want to find out is the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation of the possible totals given N dice. How might I create a simple script to compute this? [more inside]
posted by j0hnpaul on Nov 30, 2012 - 24 answers

from making books to making websites

Looking for a path to front-end web development as a career [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Moving from PostgreSQL to SalesForce with Rails 3

If feasible, how do you move the database backend of a Web application built with Rails 3.2 from PostgreSQL to Salesforce (or Database.com)? [more inside]
posted by remi on Jul 19, 2012 - 0 answers

Buying a custom/specialized engagement ring in the UK

My girlfriend would like a particular style of engagement ring. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2012 - 12 answers

What IT conferences should I budget this year?

What IT/programming/technology type conferences should I try to go to this year (June 2012 - June 2013)? I have to come up with a list of 3 by Thursday for my manager! [more inside]
posted by The Supreme Dominar on Apr 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Ruby on Rails Resources?

I'm working on learning Ruby on Rails right now, and I'm starting to feel like I'm in way over my head. For those who have been there, what resources helped you find your footing? [more inside]
posted by ella wren on Jan 21, 2012 - 14 answers

Getting Ruby on Rails to work on IIS 7.5

I've been tasked with moving a Ruby on Rails website from our ubuntu server that is being retired to a Windows 2008 server running IIS 7.5. Easy right? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Aug 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Ruby vs Java, which wins?

How does Ruby compare to C#/Java in terms of speed of development, quality of code and long-term maintainability? A broad question, I know, but my focus is on enterprise applications that might pull in from several large data sources and might be rather large. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jul 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Web app tutorials for rusty coders?

How can I learn how to develop web apps? [more inside]
posted by modernserf on Jul 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Decoding the question of the coder I need

What kind of Web programmer/coder do I need for this project? Where do I find such a person? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on May 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Monolingual no more

I've been doing LAMP web development for about ten years. I'd like to learn a new language to diversify my skills. What language should I choose? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi on Jan 7, 2011 - 32 answers

Rapid Ruby on Rails indoctrination

At year's end, I'm transitioning to a new web dev department that uses RoR extensively. Problem is, I've been a PHP/mySQL guy my whole working life. Help me bone up on my RoR, stat! [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Sep 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Best blog and news sites for web developers?

Are you a web developer who works with Ruby on Rails, MySQL, Apache, Linux, jQuery and so forth? What (professional) blogs and news sites do you read? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Jul 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Jaunty, Karmic, or Lucid???

I want to set up Ruby on Rails development environment on my windows laptop at work, and plan to set up Virtual Box and install some version of linux, probably ubuntu, as a guest OS. I use windows mostly for work and OS X at home, but havent done much with linux (my office's production environment is linux, so I do a tiny bit). Which version of ubuntu should I go with right now? I see "Lucid Lynx" has just been released (I love the naming), should I go with that or a previous recent version?
posted by pretzel on Apr 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Something is rotten in the state of Mogok

What's with all the cheap rubies on ebay? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Apr 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me build a solid web design/development foundation from scratch

I want to create a simple but dynamic Bible-reading web app from the ground up. I have very little web design and development experience. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Apr 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Tips for going from Ruby/Python to Java?

I'm teaching myself to program. I learned the basics with Ruby on Rails, and I'm now coding in Python and Javascript, but I want to try an Android app, and that requires that I use Java. Going from Ruby to Python to Javascript was relatively painless, but I feel like I'm starting all over looking at Java code. Does anyone have any tips for going from scripted languages to Java? Or any really great tutorials for getting started in Java? Or any great tutorials for beginning programmers for Android?
posted by empath on Jan 25, 2010 - 13 answers

Best programming language for a web design class?

What programming language should I teach my kids? (web dev) [more inside]
posted by satori_movement on Sep 10, 2009 - 25 answers

Does anyone know the typeface/font used in the Ruby and Ruby on Rails logos?

Does anyone know the typeface/font used in the Ruby and Ruby on Rails logos?
posted by MediaJunkie on Aug 24, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I use data from data.gov?

I'm a journalist with not much database programming experience. However I have been fascinated by the government and other agencies making their data available for developers to play with, and I think a newspaper could do wonders with this data. How do I get in on the fun? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics on Jul 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Which forums do the best web programmers hang out at?

Which forums do the best web programmers hang out at? [more inside]
posted by jackson5 on Jun 26, 2009 - 16 answers

What programming language should I use for a Digg-like web site?

What programming language should I use for a Digg-like web site? [more inside]
posted by jackson5 on Jun 15, 2009 - 14 answers

Running into Ruby Restriction

In Ruby, how can you get around the ~65,500 character limit when grabbing a web page? [more inside]
posted by FuManchu on Mar 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Sound editing libraries?

I have many wav files that I need to modify in the same way. Specifically, I want to fade in from zero dB for the first 5 ms and fade out to zero db for the last 5 ms. What do I use? [more inside]
posted by pealco on Feb 25, 2009 - 7 answers

Is Why's Hackety Hack still alive?

Anybody know why I'd be having problems with Hackety Hack (the ruby tutorial)? Downloading works fine, but the forums and the shared programs are gone. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Feb 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Learning Ruby on Rails 2.0?

Foreword: No ruby background aside from basic tutorials. Here's the deal. I've tired the Agile Web Dev (2nd edition) book for rails, very out of date. I need to learn something. I want to learn ruby on Rails. I've gone through the Rails guide on creating a rails blog (http://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started_with_rails.html). So, rather then buy it now (3rd edition of book as beta) or just wait, I want to get on the fast track to learn rails 2.2 (soon to be release 2.3) . Basically I'm looking for a online resource super cheap or free that provides quality information relating to rails and ruby. Help and suggestions welcome
posted by BoldStepDesign on Feb 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Convert Autohotkey script while learning Ruby

I'm trying to learn Ruby. I know more than a little bit about VB Script, and have written some scripts to automate some windows tasks, mostly by editing existing scripts, things like pinging workstations, WMI connections looking for files and such. I've read http://pine.fm/LearnToProgram and worked through the tutorials and think I understand them. Now what.... [more inside]
posted by TuxHeDoh on Dec 5, 2008 - 7 answers

Open-source library to decode barcodes?

Is there a free library that will decode/read a barcode from an image? [more inside]
posted by Maia on Dec 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Rails on Ubuntu

Rails on Ubuntu. I've followed this tutorial: http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rails/pages/RailsOnUbuntu Now how to do I access ror from my browser? Where do I put files for dev? Help please!!
posted by BoldStepDesign on Oct 31, 2008 - 4 answers

How to fix rubygems?

I upgraded ruby on OS 10.5.4 from 1.8.6 to 1.8.7 and rubygems stopped working. How do I get rubygems to see where I've installed ruby? [more inside]
posted by Inigo Jones on Aug 21, 2008 - 3 answers

Ruby + Graph Visualization

Graph Visualization Filter: I need to generate a list of coordinates for the nodes in a large directed, weighted graph from Ruby, given a list of nodes, edges and weights. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Aug 4, 2008 - 3 answers

Help updating Ruby (on Rails)

How do I update Ruby/get RoR working? (OS X 10.4). [more inside]
posted by theRussian on Jun 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Email forward/reply character handling?

Is there a resource that lists all the different email programs' handling of forward/reply formatting? I want to write a program that receives emails, but I know some email apps add ">" characters and newlines that I'll have to strip out- I don't want to miss too many edge cases. [more inside]
posted by squishy on Jun 11, 2008 - 2 answers

Help me pick a web dev language to learn.

I am trying to decide which web language + framework to focus on for learning this summer. I am stuck between PHP, Python (with Django maybe) or Ruby (on Rails). [more inside]
posted by the_dude on May 29, 2008 - 35 answers

What's a really good book on Ruby.

If my favourite reference on C++ is The C++ Programming Language by Stroustrup, what would be my favourite book on Ruby. (And my favourite book on Python.) [more inside]
posted by chunking express on May 21, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me, I'm a late adopter.

How do I learn new programming languages and start using modern web apps without getting frustrated and angry? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on May 14, 2008 - 33 answers

Fuzzy text completion algorithm?

I'm looking for a fuzzy text-matching algorithm for an autocomplete widget. [more inside]
posted by sonofslim on May 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Doing JOINs the Rails way

How can I do a Rails find JOIN without SQL, using the two tables' existing has_and_belongs_to_many relationships? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 18, 2008 - 5 answers

Off the rails...

Any good Rails 2.0 books for beginners? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Help getting Ruby and Java to interact?

I'm trying to compile and run a Java class from Ruby, but I'm having some problems. I'm not very experienced with Ruby- please help me figure out what I'm doing wrong. [more inside]
posted by version control on Mar 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me become a better programming instructor.

TeachFilter: Help me become a better programming instructor. [more inside]
posted by stungeye on Mar 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Coding alone in a fog

In my quest to learn Ruby, I'm struggling to find everyday usable code examples that i can relate to. Might you suggest some ? [more inside]
posted by jmnugent on Mar 1, 2008 - 28 answers

Turn off Instiki spam/flood protection

Is there any way to stop spam protection on Instiki? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Feb 10, 2008 - 4 answers

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