Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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Learn Ruby (read all 3 entries…)
Ruby and textile

I’m translating my java implementation of textile to Ruby now. It’s really a learning experience. Ofcourse it’s already done, but I have good reasons to do it again: partly to make it more extensible/flexible, partly because I want some things I didn’t get right away with redcloth.

I’m afraid I would do it al differently a second time around (but that shows you you learnt something).

There are some design patterns I have really difficulty with:

1) Static properties (with static accesors) and inheritance, seem to go counter to my intuition (subclasses seem unable to access them.)

2) Subclasses of built in classes don’t seem to behave as I expected (if I add a method in such a subclass, I get runtime errors that the built in class doesn’t have such a method.)

But Ruby is fun.

learn to drive
I really should, shouldn't I

It is true: 37 of age and never driven a car, it just happened that way, no no-car fundamentalsm on my part.

Learn Ruby (read all 3 entries…)
Kicking and screaming

I took my setup (Apache2 with virtual hosts, FastCGI, and Ruby on Rails) kicking and screaming into a working situation. So much stuff that didn’t work out of the box, it almost killed my interest in the whole project.

But I want to learn Ruby in conjunction with web-apps, because web-apps is my trade, and that’s where I’ll put Ruby probably to work. So it was kind of a prerequisit.

Next thing I want to do, is submit an article to Ruby on Rails, or something, detailing all the problems (and solutions) I encounterd.

develop a fun and interesting web application like flickr or 43things
Secret desire

Ofcourse, doing something like that is everyones secret desire.

And why did you think I also wanted to learn Ruby?

Do more with 43things
New here


And this is my second thing to do already. This site sounds like fun, I will keep an eye on it, see if I can incorporate it in some form of a work flow.

Learn Ruby (read all 3 entries…)

So I designated an old wintel machine to learn ruby on. Installed W2K, Ruby, Apache, FastCGI, Ruby on Rails and Redcloth.

To do next: start with ruby on rails tutorial, while I keep Ruby lookups at hand.



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