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In fact, I like it so much I wanted to share it with people who might not have had a chance to try it yet. So I put it on the web.
Enjoy it for all of your ASCII-animal speech-bubble needs. The source code is on GitHub if you’re curious. Interesting implementation notes:
- It was written from scratch starting last Saturday night and then over part of last Sunday.
- The original Cowsay program, written in Perl, is included in the app. I use
IO.popento open a Perl process and generate the ASCII art.
- I started with a simple Sinatra service. Then I added Rails in, and mounted the Sinatra service in the routes file.
- I use Erector for views, and DataMapper for persistence (what little there is).
On a personal note…
As sad as it may sound, I think this marks the first time I’ve been able to find a small enough project scope that I could actually launch a working V1. I’d proven to myself that I could write libraries and books, but until now I still hadn’t proven I could launch an app of my own.
So, yay for me!