Several folks here are looking at Merb (Mongrel with ERB) as a light-weight alternative to Rails for certain targeted usages. We’ll be sure and attend the Merb hack-fest at Rails Conf.
Debian MySQL pain: if your MySQL Client and Server versions do not match, MySQL behave badly, reporting that it cannot find UTF-8 support.
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“Can you terminate an AJAX request?” The answer is “kinda”. XMLHttpRequest has an abort() method will terminates the request in the browser and prevents any callbacks from being invoked. But, your server might still be chugging away on the requested action.