Migrating a PHP database to a new Rails application

After rewriting most of a PHP application in Ruby on Rails, I realized I had a problem with the database.  How to I get all the data from the database and put it into my rails database?  The easy answer would probably be to copy it all into the /db/seeds.rb file and just migrate.  But…

HAML and jEditable

One of the problems with jEditable and HAML is that HAML puts whitespace in the form automatically.  So my HAML script looks like this:

The problem with this in jEditable is that now once the user clicks on it, there is gobs of white space around the word.  To get rid of this you…

jquery ui tabs and the back button

For the site I help out with, xcat.sf.net, I used jquery-ui tabs.  The only issue I had was that I couldn’t do back button, and I started getting a few complaints from it… So, after about 20 minutes of investigation, here is the code I used to make it work.  It works pretty well for…

CSS container tricks

In CSS I always forget that when creating a box to put things in you want the box to expand with the contents that are inside of it.  The secret to this I found out last year was to put overflow: auto in. Example:

The other trick was to put margin: 0px…

php system log in

I’m trying to make a php program that will authenticate users based on if they have a userid on the system.  In my environment my system has a number of users who can just ssh into the machine if they want.  But I am trying to make some applications available via a web interface. I…