Peter Cooper is a digital jack of all trades based in the north of England. He is author of Beginning Ruby — published by Apress — creator of numerous Web properties and technologies, a professional blogger, and an entrepreneur who sold two startups in 2007.
His specialist subjects are writing, publishing, AdSense, Web 2.0, RSS, UNIX, and Web application architecture and deployment. He can be contacted at @petercooper.co.uk.
Beginning Ruby is a book for new Ruby programmers of all skill levels. It walks through Ruby's core functionality and its key libraries and frameworks (including Rails) in an instructional manner. It was first published by Apress in March 2007 with a second edition in August 2009 and both are available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Ruby Inside is a blog targeting Ruby and Rails developers. It launched in May 2006, and now has over 21000 subscribers (as of October 2009).
Ruby Inside is the most popular blog in the Ruby and Rails space.
Feed Digest (sold in 2007 - now Feed Informer)
Feed Digest (now Feed Informer) provided feed combination, syndication, and publishing services with over 250 million digests served per month. Established July 2005, commercial users included NASA, The Denver Post, MIT, Smithsonian Institution, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Feed Digest was sold on August 1, 2007.
Mobile Orchard is an iPhone developer news blog and podcast, I've helped to launch with esteemed entrepreneur Dan Grigsby. In early 2009 I handed the reins over entirely to Dan as I was no longer interested in iPhone development.
RubyFlow is a Ruby community link blog launched on April 9, 2008. It has just about 6000 subscribers and 1000 members who post interesting Ruby and Rails news every day.
Code Snippets (sold in 2007)
Code Snippets is a tag-driven site for coders to paste and track commonly used snippets of code in a del.icio.us-esque way. Launched in 2005, the site grew to over 3000 snippets and 250,000 pageviews per month before it was sold to DZone in February 2007.
Ruby In Practice
I wrote the "Indexing and Searching" chapter for Ruby in Practice, a Ruby book put together under the caretakership of Jeremy McAnally and Assaf Arkin, published by Manning, and available since mid 2009.
SwitchPipe was a proof of concept Web application process manager and request proxy that makes it as easy as possible to deploy Web applications such as Rails apps. Released into the public domain and now used on several deployments (that I've heard of!)
Design Patterns in Ruby
I was a technical reviewer for Design Patterns in Ruby, a book by Russ Olsen, covering the implementation of Gang of 4 design patterns in the Ruby programming language.
MacYay is a blog targeting new and intermediate Apple Mac users. It launched in February 2008, but is now on hiatus.
Since first getting into Web development in 1995, I've been involved with lots of projects; some key ones include: GoDefy (developer), Bamboo Clothing (developer), Eyepro Fall Arrest and Safety Systems and WebDeveloper.com (editor).