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The Soul of Software

The good folks at Tropical Ruby have released the video of my keynote,┬áThe Soul of Software. In this talk I start with the premise that the Ruby wave may have peaked. I took that observation as a jumping-off point┬áto examine where we come from as a community—particularly from a philosophical point of view—and where we […]

How to Suck at Conference Talks

Justin Searls pinged me on Twitter asking if I had anything to add to his advice on building and presenting conference talks. First off, go read his article. He’s clearly put more thought into this stuff than I have. It all seems like good advice. It joins a number of other great resources for how […]

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 […]

Making Little Classes out of Big Ones (video)

I recently visited the Hashrocket offices in Jacksonville, and while I was there I did a Lunch & Learn talk on the topic of of breaking down too-big classes into smaller pieces. In it I went over pros and cons of four strategies: Breaking the class into modules Decorators Dynamic module extension Object Composition We […]

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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.