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Hacker terminology: “Golden”

When I was starting out as a young programmer, I worked on (among other things) an air-traffic control system. A full set of hardware for the system—including multiple rack cabinets containing maybe a couple dozen computers and specialized boards, user consoles, testing apparatus, and the cabling to connect it all was called a “channel”. A […]

About the Ruby squiggly heredoc syntax

To my list of Ruby achievements, I can now add the dubious distinction of having come up with the syntax for the new “squiggly heredoc” introduced in version 2.3. Thus playing my part in making the Ruby grammar just a little bit more chaotic. For reference, the syntax looks like this: Using this syntax intelligently strips […]

The real 10x developer

Ask me for a 10x developer, and I’ll show you a hacker who can take a list of 10 tickets, and reject 9 of them because they don’t appreciably advance the project goals. Like some kind of “project manager”, or something.

The Inescapable Pragmatism of Procedures

Dr. Ben Maughan writes: At the moment I am rewriting some LaTeX notes into org mode to use in lecture slides. This involves several repetitive tasks, like converting a section heading like this \subsection{Object on vertical spring} into this ** Object on vertical spring Whenever I come across a problem like this, my first inclination […]

Contempt as a sign of organizational incompetence

A few months back I wrote on my personal journal about how incompetently-written firmware in a VTech child’s camera led to my 5 year old daughter losing cherished memories. I also recorded their dismissive response to a flaw that would be considered recall-worthy in any camera made for adults. Sadly, there is a deeply ingrained […]

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Books and Screencasts

RubyTapas Screencasts

RubyTapas Screencasts

Small plates of gourmet Ruby code.

Confident Ruby

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32 Patterns for joyful coding.

The Making of

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Watch me build an app in Sinatra and Rails

Objects on Rails

Objects on Rails

A developer notebook on applying classic Object-Oriented principles to Ruby on Rails projects.

Exceptional Ruby

Exceptional Ruby

The definitive guide to exceptions and failure handling in Ruby.