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Avdi Grimm

Hacker; code documentarian.


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After a few false starts, my other blog/podcast is once again cranking away, with new episodes every week! Here are some of the recent episodes, in case you missed them: An interview with Joe Moore of Pivotal Labs, with lots of great info about how to do remote pair-programming effectively. An interview with Louis […]

HTTP forwarding services for local Facebook development

I’m working on Facebook Open Graph features for a client, and developing these features requires enabling Facebook to somehow crawl my locally-served pages. I asked around for solutions to this problem, and got a pretty long list of replies. I’m listing them here for future reference. All of these offer a pretty similar service: you […]

Linkdump #8

Scriptensity: Emscripten 1.0! This is the first I’ve heard of this project: it’s an LLVM-to-Javascript compiler. Which means you can (for instance) compile C++ to Javascript. I can’t decide if this is amazing or just batshit insane. Probably both. tags: development javascript llvm web c++ c compilers Overall Emscripten is now in very good shape. […]

Linkdump #7

Hacker Chat: Pinboard Creator Maciej Ceglowski Talks About Why Boring Architecture is Good, and More Wise words. tags: development I think many developers (myself included) are easily seduced by new technology and are willing to burn a lot of time rigging it together just for the joy of tinkering. So nowadays we see a lot […]

Linkdump #6

agile/db_branch – GitHub I’d been looking for a way to manage databases for multiple branches of an app, and this is one of the (many) suggestions. tags: development database ruby rails git Rails plugin to play nice with git branching and databases. Loads abranch-specific database YAML file allowing you to migrate in branches withoutaffecting the […]

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.