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32 Patterns for joyful coding.
The Making of Cowsays.com
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Objects on Rails
A developer notebook on applying classic Object-Oriented principles to Ruby on Rails projects.
The definitive guide to exceptions and failure handling in Ruby.
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Author Archives: Avdi Grimm
Years ago I wrote about Ruby’s English and/or operators and why they are the way they are. I’ve never been completely happy with how I made my case in that article, and more recently I took another whack at it in … Continue reading
Someone wrote in asking: you always have ideas… How do you generate ideas to build something? Which is a great opportunity to pontificate. (I swear, I did not make this question up!) Let’s get this out of the way: I … Continue reading
A walkthrough of getting an initial smoke test in place. Covers Rack::Test, OmniAuth, email_spec, Capybara, and more. Continue reading
TL;DR: New book project, The Rake Field Manual. Today only, buy early access to it at half-price ($12.50) with coupon code HAPPY0X22. Or get any of my other books and videos at half price with code BDAY0X22. Or get your first three months of RubyTapas for the price of one … Continue reading
I love most aspects of making RubyTapas. I love the research, and the writing. I enjoy doing voice-over. I even like editing the video, at least some of the time. And of course I love the feedback that the videos … Continue reading
How to pick out all the files we want, and none we don’t, using Rake’s FileList class. Continue reading
Once upon a time there was a small but prosperous village. This village had a reputation for being tech-centric. It was populated mainly by enterprise consultants, software architects, and agile coaches. The denizens of the village had grown wealthy and contented from … Continue reading
Back in 2011 I was doing research for the talk that became Exceptional Ruby, and Jim Weirich was nice enough to let me pick his brain on the topic. I was reminded of this email today, and thought I’d share … Continue reading
You’re probably here because you tried to send one of my ebooks to your Kindle, it didn’t work, you asked me why not, and I sent this to you in response. I wrote a long rant on this topic, but … Continue reading
The other day Gregory Brown posted a remarkable story on Parley. He told how he had given Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin some heated Twitter criticism about one of his recent articles. But then, instead of allowing the discussion to spiral … Continue reading