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Hello, Red Dirt Ruby!

I’m really enjoying Red Dirt Ruby Conference so far! Love the single-track, short-talks format. Also, I got free jerky from, which is awesome. If you’re coming in because of my DataMapper talk, here are some notes: Slides: Rate the talk: Follow me on Twitter: @avdi The DataMapper home page dm-rails, the DataMapper/Rails 3 integration […]

RailsConf 20% Discount for Virtuous Code Readers

As a RailsConf speaker, I have a 20% discount code to give out, and here it is: rc11fos. If you’re planning on attending RailsConf, be sure to track me down and say hi! This seems like an opportune moment to once again mention that it’s through your help that I’m able to speak at conferences. […]

Ruby on Ales 2011

I very nearly didn’t go to Ruby on Ales, but I’m very glad I did. RoA 2011 was the most fun I’ve had at a traditional (non-unconference) conference since RubyFringe. The talks were well-curated; full of original content, largely free of done-to-death topics, and for the most part they went beyond stereotypical “library HOWTO” subject […]

Ruby on Ales and RailsConf

I’m happy to report that I’ve added Ruby on Ales in Bend, Oregon and RailsConf in Baltimore, MD to my speaking schedule this year. I’ll be talking about exceptions and error handling in Bend, and “Confident Code” in Baltimore. Here’s the full schedule as of now: March 24-25: Ruby on Ales in Bend, Oregon April […]

Contest: Your reply to NoneSuch

Folks seem to have gotten a kick out of NoneSuch. I thought it was particularly cool how many people opted to play along. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m giving a talk at the upcoming Day Camp 4 Developers 2 virtual conference. The focus of the conference is “telecommuting”, so if you work […]

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Objects on Rails

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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.