Sunday, February 27, 2011

Getting past my MySQL gem issues

So the MySQL gem has absolutely killed my productivity today. A simple command line install didn't work. So I installed macports, only to have my friend Eli recommend homebrew instead. Then I had to uninstall macports (surprisingly difficult, it was like an infestation) and install homebrew. So I finally get homebrew installed, hoping to use it to install MySQL, then use that installation to install the MySQL gem. MySQL was installed, but I'm still having errors with the gem. WHAT!

tldr: the MySQL gem is a headache I don't need to deal with right now, so I'll skip it.

So this morning I've been learning about how to create, document and distribute gems. It seems a bit far-fetched to think I'll be writing code others might want to use, but who knows? One thing I really like about Ruby is the openness of the community: experienced developers are open to helping newbies and developers are open to sharing code that others might find useful.

It feels good to be back in the swing of things and not just beating my head against the wall. This is one of those things I told myself I wouldn't get hung up on.

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