Category Archives: Web Development

Remote Pair Programming: Part II: Sharing the server

[Authored by Sam]

[01/04/15 – Editor’s note: This post was written in 2008. In 2015 we don’t use this “reverse ssh tunnel” method much anymore, but the technique is still interesting.]

In my last post I described how to use reverse ssh tunnels and screen -x to setup a remote pair programming environment.

Several people have commented that this works well for sharing a console based editor (vim, emacs) but that there is no way for the remote pair to look at how things are rendering in the browser. Well here’s a super simple way to use ssh tunnels to share your development server too. I’ve seen variations on how to do this (Advanced Rails Recipes: Pragmatic Programmers has one). The advantage to the below method is it requires no server configuration and is very secure from snooping.

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Remote Pair Programming: How we do it

[Authored by Sam]

[01/04/15 – Editor’s note: This post was written in 2008. In 2015 we don’t use this “reverse ssh tunnel” method much anymore, but the technique is still interesting.]

There’s a lot of talk about remote pair programming, but the fact is it can be a pain to set up.  Using iChat screen sharing is a popular method, but can feel a little cludgy, and doesn’t work for developers running Linux. Here’s another method using reverse ssh tunnels and screen -x we use a lot at Beezwax.
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Alternative FMP/Rails Integration: External SQL sources

[Authored by Ian]

In my last post, I described my preferred methodology for integrating Rails and FMP. In this post, I’ll discuss an alternative technique using FMP’s external SQL sources functionality. Since IANAFMPD (I am not a FileMaker Pro Developer), I’ll skip the implementation details and just cut to when it’s an appropriate solution.

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A Use For Git’s Post-Commit Hook

[Authored by Sam]

I love git and I love to be lazy, so lately I’ve been playing with git hooks.

Git’s default pre-commit hook is really handy, but today I’m in more of a post-commit kind of mood.  Like all git’s hooks it comes with an example script.

This one isn’t particularly useful.  It evaluates Nothing and returns a successful exit code.  Big deal.

Git’s default post-commit hook.

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