December 10th, 2007 by vinbarnes 8 comments »
Fresh on the heels of Jay Fields’ blog entry on developing with Ruby on Rails in a Linux environment, I have some whip cream and a cherry to top it all off. Jay says that having quick access to Linux is invaluable. Having had a variety of dance partners through the years including Mac OS, Unix, Windows, Linux, OS X, I would have to agree. I am by far the most productive with a Linux horse under the hood. (Or in this case a Unix/OS X mustang pulling the load.)
Over the years, Apple has made strides to have tighter integration between the OS and the development environment. With the inclusion of dTrace and up-to-date Ruby and Rails libraries, I’m at home—in a La-Z-Boy, no less!
There is even more integration of Ruby and Cocoa thanks to Laurent and Apple.So without further ado, here are some neat little scripts I use to make my dev life easier. I just create aliases for them in ~/.bash_aliases that is sourced in my profile.
The first allows you to open a new finder window to your current working directory from within Terminal. 
alias finder='. ~/new_finder.sh' alias new='. ~/new_term.sh'
#!/bin/sh # # Open a new finder window in the cwd # CWD=`pwd` osascript<<END set thePath to "$CWD" set myPath to (POSIX file thePath as alias) try tell application "Finder" activate open myPath end tell end try END
#!/bin/sh # # Open a new terminal in the cwd # CWD=`pwd` osascript<<END set thePath to "$CWD" set myPath to (POSIX file thePath as alias) try tell application "Terminal" activate do script with command "cd \"" & thePath & "\"" end tell end try END
Do you have any Applescripts, Bash, Ruby, or Perl scripts that aid you day in, day out?Update: James notes that the Mac OS comes with the open command. It reduces opening a new Finder window down to,
$ open .
 There is a bug in the pastie Bash syntax highlighter that appends extra here docs.
 I found this somewhere, but for the life of me can’t recall where…