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Avdi Grimm

Hacker; code documentarian.


Who is your failure helping?

True story: I once worked on a project where I was told from the outset that “we probably will not use your code”. This was back when I worked at a big defense contractor. There were negotiations under way for an expanded contract that would obviate the work I was doing, if it were signed. […]

Steal my business model!

Paid screencast subscriptions are not new, but RubyTapas was one of the first, if not the first, “pro” screencast series to specifically embrace a sub-five-minute format and a very fast (multiple times a week) release schedule. It was a bit of a risk, asking people to pay for such short videos. I ¬†wasn’t sure how […]

Client Dating Tips

There’s an old saying that if you want to judge the character of the person you’re on a date with, you should pay attention to how they treat the waitstaff. Is she polite even when she doesn’t have to be? Does he get angry over minor mistakes, and leave a lousy tip? Another dating red […]

Job Thread!

I get a lot of emails asking if I know of any Ruby job opportunities, or if I know any available Ruby developers. Since I don’t really have time to play matchmaker, I thought I’d try an experiment. So! This is an open job thread. Got some availability? Post it it in the comments. Hiring […]

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Virtuous Code

"The three virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris" — Larry Wall

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

Confident Ruby cover

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.