I’m sure that I sound like an old man here, but backslashes are the only thing that should be used to escape characters. Under no circumstances should single quotes be used to escape single quotes… that’s crazy talk.
“Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought ‘42 will do’ I typed it out. End of story.”—Douglas Adams - Why 42?
I’ve never been a huge fan of blogs that ask more questions than they answer, which means that I’m not a fan of most startup/tech blogs. So many articles seem to be regurgitating a product release announcement followed by a couple of questions.
"This could be a great service, but can it scale?"
"This is a crowded market, why do these guys think they can succeed?"
"How can they make it without outside investment?"
Having launched a number of projects, I read this type of thing about my projects all the time. The latest article about Fancy Hands (not Fancy Pants) asks “So… what do you think? Where does Fancy Hands get the employees, and who are they?”
I suppose he’s more interested in engaging his readers by soliciting comments than informing them by giving them answers. Otherwise, I can’t imagine a reason why he’d decide not shoot me an email and ask that exact question. He could certainly find it, my name is plastered all over the site and on every article about it. Finding my email address is probably one of the easiest things that someone can do on the internet.
But, my point here is simple: if you have any questions about my projects, just get in touch. Even if you’re not writing an article, or if you’re writing a scathing review and only want me to make some bone-headed quotes. I’m always happy to answer these types any questions. Also, most other small developers/startups would be happy to answer these types of questions, just ask.
As for hiring, where do I get the people? Well, the job application process at Fancy Hands is a bit of a test. Every step along the way is designed to weed out people who wouldn’t measure up. There is a huge series of questions they must answer, they must do sample tasks (not for actual clients), and they must display a couple of signs of technical and interpersonal saviness. But the simplest, easiest way for me to weed people out is making the application process non-obvious. Sure, I could get a lot more applications if I had a big “make money” link on the homepage, but I don’t want more applications, I want better applications.
I tried contacting the author to supply the answer anyways, but I couldn’t find an email/twitter link anywhere.
And no, it doesn’t involve emailing me personally.
Redwood was created mostly to facilitate this kind of thing, and as a bit of a brain-teaser. The redwood CLI is, honestly, totally inferior to the original tree (written in C). I was getting frustrated working on Prism, and I created Redwood to get my mind wrapped around the concept of tree structures. While there are several implementations of tree data-structures in Ruby, I wasn’t really impressed with any of their APIs. And none of them created the tree-view that you get with the Redwood#view method.
Redwood began life as a thought-experiment and I hope you are able to use it whenever you need something resembling a tree.