Saturday, May 06, 2006

Little Boxes in the Spreadsheet

Tonight I should make the first release of Littleboxes, a micro-language (API? DSL? Lingo? dunno!) that allows you to use excel as a debugging writeboard from ruby.

You will be able to stream out Objects, Structs, Arrays, Strings, Hashes, etc.. to the spreadsheet so that you can better visualize the data you are working on.

Is there any feature that might turn out useful to you?  I have still got the evening to work on it before releasing the alpha version to the italian ruby community.  If you are not on the ruby-it mailing list drop me an email (kiaroskuro AT gmail DOT com) or a comment and I'll send it to you too.

In the meantime I'll leave you with some words from Littleboxes, a classic by Malvina Reynolds..

"Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little  boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same,
There's a green one and  a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of  ticky tacky
And they all look just the same."

and no, Malvina is not talking about Excel cells ;-)


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