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rspec, Rails 3, and missing rake tasks

August 23rd 2011

I was setting up a fresh Rails 3 app and the following bit me.

$ rake spec:models
rake aborted!
Don't know how to build task 'spec:models'

After some head scratching and a closer look at the docs, I realized that I had forgotten to add the rspec-rails gem to my development environment. I had it in only the test and cucumber environments. Seems like an odd thing to do, but it lets you run the various rake tasks in dev.

In Gemfile:

group :development, :test, :cucumber do
  gem "rspec-rails"
end

More on Blekko versus Google

January 20th 2011

Blekko versus Google for an example search.

Please note right from the start that I’m not doing this to pile on. If I didn’t think that Blekko was in the process of making something awesome, I would simply stop using it. I’m writing this so that someone can tell me what I’m doing wrong, or as a bug report. Or both.

Searching for Cucumber docs

I was trying to execute the following search, intending to find the documentation for the selectors in Cucumber.

rails cucumber should select within

Here’s what I found in Google.

rails cucumber should select within - Google Search
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And my Blekko setup for /rails.

blekko | viewing /jdl/rails
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And the Blekko search results.

blekko | /rails cucumber should select within
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Clearly there is a disconnect here. I’m inheriting the /blekko/rails tag, and I even added the exact host.domain from the #1 Google result. Yet, I get back zero results and some non-relevant web filler.

And back to Google

January 17th 2011

I gave Blekko a good trial, but it’s not quite ready. It’s noticeably slower than Google, and the results aren’t as good for non-programming queries. Obviously this is highly subjective, and it makes sense that my programming queries would be better since I took the time to customize them. There’s still potential here though. I suspect that Blekko will succeed, and I will certainly try them again in a few months.

Also, it seems that Stack Overflow results are appearing higher up on Google than they were just a few weeks ago. Is it possible that the leech sites are getting what they deserve in their page rank?


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