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Show git branch and directory in your shell

It's really handy to be able to see the current git branch in your shell prompt along with the directory name. This for a start removes many "git branch" commands from your history.

To enable this feature, you have to edit your .bashrc file on Linux or the .bash_profile on Mac. These files usually exist in your home directory (The default directory when you open a shell) and are executed when the shell logs in. You can edit this file with any text editor such as Gedit or Textmate.

Add the following 2 lines after any existing SP1 variables and then save your file. Open a new shell to see the changes.

export PS1='\[\033[1;36m\]\u at\[\033[00m\] \[\033[34m\]\W\[\033[31m\]$("__git_ps1")\[\033[00m\]  >  '

SP1 colour example

Changing colours

If you would like to update the colours of the prompt, then visit this article to get a grasp of the basics and you can find much more on Google from there.

Activating Apache/PHP on Mac alongside Pow server

Instead of rewriting a step-by-step guide on how to do this, I can recommend two great articles that will get you setup in no time.

First read this article on how to setup Apache and PHP on your Mac:

Next, follow the instructions from 37signals on using Pow alongside Apache. Make sure to pay attention to the troubleshooting section if you had any trouble.

Detect if page is within Facebook iframe or not: Javascript

Make sure to check the update at the end of the article. 

There is a handy piece of Javascript which you can use to tell if the current page is within the Facebook canvas iframe, or if it is being viewed normally in the browser.

The Facebook canvas gives its window a special "name" attribute. In most cases unless you generated the browsing window, it will have no name so we can use the piece of code below.

  if( != "") {
    //We are on Facebook
    //We are just in the normal browser window

However, if you changed your window name through Javascript, change the IF statement to match.

With this information, we can hide, add or manipulate our HTML in any way that is required to highlight the difference between your Facebook app and the regular web app.


Update Feb 2016:

As noted by Kilian in the comment section, an imporved way to detect the Facebook iframe is:

if('iframe_canvas_fb') > -1)

Fix Fast Debugger (ruby-debug-ide) on Windows 7

I've finally found a solution that will make the Fast Debugger (a.k.a ruby-debug-ide) work with Netbeans 6.9.1+ on Windows 7. This solution should also work for anyone using Vista, which I know from experience has similar issues.

First step: make sure the Ruby DevKit is installed. Full instructions for installing it are here on Github:

The DevKit basically temporarily enhances Windows and allows tricky Gems to be compiled.

Second step: Next you must install the correct debug Gems. If your Ruby version is 1.9.2+ then you will require the gems ending with a "19".

The way to make the gems install successfully is through Netbeans. Go to Tools > Ruby Gems > New Gems.

Do a search for "ruby-debug" and you shall see a list similar to this:

Install the "latest" version of all of the Gems which I have highlighted. Do not try and install "ruby-debug".

Third step: Once the Gems have installed, open up and new Command Prompt, run the command "gem list" and check that all of the Gems are listed, if not try to install them manually.

Next, the "rdebug-ide" file must be edited. Find this by browsing to (or similar):


Find the line (around 79):

Debugger::PROG_SCRIPT = ARGV.shift

Replace it with:

script = ARGV.shift
Debugger::PROG_SCRIPT = (script =~ /script([\\\/])rails/ ? Dir.pwd + $1 : '') + script
puts Debugger::PROG_SCRIPT
#Debugger::PROG_SCRIPT = ARGV.shift

Final step: Save the file and restart your computer. When Netbeans is reopened, click the "Debug main project" button to start the server in debug mode.

Thanks must be given to the following for help in figuring this one out:

Fix Rails error: The specified module could not be found: mysql-2.8.1-x86-mingw32 (LoadError )

After updating my Rails version to 3.0.7 I have been experiencing the error:

The specified module could not be found. - C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/mysql-2.8.1-x86-mingw32/lib/1.9/ (LoadError )

This occurs every time I try to load the Webrick server.

The solution is to find the "libmysql.dll" file and copy it to your Ruby bin.

The location of these folders on Windows 7 is:
C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5\lib

As soon as that DLL is copied you can start the server without any problems.

Detect if HTML 5 Geolocation is Enabled

If you want to check whether a browser has HTML 5 geolocation support enabled and display a warning message to the user if it is not, then this function should help you out.

function display_nosupport_message()
		$('#map_canvas’).text('Your browser does not support HTML 5 geolocation. ');

In this example I check to see if the navigator.geolocation method is available. If not then I use a jQuery command to update the div that would normally house the Google Map by adding warning text for the user.

Fix NetBeans "db:migrate" task does not exist

I have recently reinstalled Ruby on Rails 3.0.0 and created a new Rails project in NetBeans 9.6.1

I could not migrate my database, or any other rake tasks for that matter. I kept getting the error: "db:migrate" task does not exist

The solution is to right click your project select "Run/Debug Rake Task" and then click the button titled "Refresh Tasks".

Once this is done you should see a list of all your rake tasks. After this you can simply re-run the db:migrate task and it will work.

PHP Installer doesn't ask for web server

If you are having the problem that the PHP Installer MSI is not asking for your web server type and therefore not updating your server configuration or not installing the correct libs such as "php5apache2_2.dll" then you are probably using the wrong MSI.

All of the MSI installers are on the page. You do not want to use the VC9 installers. You need to use the VC6 x86 Thread Safe installer. This is usually the last option, per version.

The link to the latest safe MSI is here: PHP 5.3 VC6 Thread Safe MSI

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