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python introspection for unittests

Having a framework to automatically run all of your unit tests is important, but in a strongly dynamic language like Python, it can be difficult to find all of the tests to run in a batch. [nose][] makes the whole process much easier, by automatically finding all modules containing unittest.TestCase subclasses, allowing nonsubclassed simple test…

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pgtop – postgresql monitor like mytop

Any administrator who is responsible for one or more MySQL servers has probably run across the indispensable [mytop][], but a similar tool for PostgreSQL is less well known. However, Cosimo Streppone has ported and converted [mytop][] to [pgtop][], a Perl package to provide the same functionality – monitoring of threads, performance, reads and writes per…

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ActiveRecord SQL in script/console

Rails’ ActiveRecord displays the exact SQL queries it performs into the development log. It is inconvenient to watch this log while you’re working in the `script/console` environment, however, and most advice for redirecting that log to STDOUT seemed not to work. Thanks to [Jamis Buck](http://weblog.jamisbuck.org/2007/1/31/more-on-watching-activerecord “More on watching ActiveRecord”), though, the solution has come to…

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RoR IDEs for Windows

Updated on 12/11/07 Here’s a breakdown of Ruby on Rails IDEs for Windows. Please feel free to add to this by adding a comment to this blog entry. I currently switch between RoRED (writing and navigating code) and Netbeans (GUI debugging) I broke it down in 2 types. Free vs. Commercial Free RoRED RoRED is…