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Don’t introduce yourself

Here’s a little conference speaking tip: don’t introduce yourself. Nobody cares who you are or what you’ve done. At least, not yet. Don’t get me wrong. By the end of your mind-blowing talk, they will care. They will want to get to know you better. They will want to follow you on Twitter and Link you In and […]

Where to find me in 2015

The first half of my conference-going year is starting to firm up, so I thought I’d briefly post about where you can find me this year, if you feel so inclined. So far it’s a light year for travel, but I’ll probably be adding a few more dates as the year advances. March 4-8: Tropical Ruby […]

I haven’t responded to a CFP in years

The title is the first line of Justin Searls’ latest blog post. It also happens to be true of me, albeit by a very thin margin. That is, it’s been two years (I think) since I spoke as the result of a CFP. By the strict definition of his post–someone who is invited to speak […]

Code to Joy

Video of my GoGaRuCo 2012 talk, “Code to Joy”, is now online thanks to the good folks at Confreaks. This talk is a random walk through some lesser-known parts of Ruby that make me happy. Speaking for myself, it was one of the most fun talks I’ve delivered. I hope you’ll enjoy watching it as […]

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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

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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.