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Are you smart enough to be a programmer?

I often talk to non-programmers who think I must have to be extraordinarily clever to be a software developer, and that they could never do it. In my experience, people often underestimate their own ability. I thought I’d write down some heuristics to help you determine if you have the brains it takes to be […]

It’s time to stop programming for the teletype era

This my 3-year-old daughter Ylva, trying to make one of our computers do what she wants. Don’t get me wrong: Ylva is perfectly adept at using computers. This one, however, is frustratingly unresponsive. Nothing happens when you try to interact directly with the pictures on the screen. Instead, you have to translate your desires into […]


Shut the hell up and listen (Avdi)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be returning to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference again this week, but don’t expect him to make quite the splash he did last year.This time, he’ll be watching from the safety of the cheap seats. Source: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella skips speaking role at women in […]

Mad Max with car. © Warner Bros. Pictures

Programming in a Mad Max Wasteland

we were actually trying for a qualitative shift in belief structures—a new Kuhnian paradigm in the same spirit as the invention of the printing press—and thus took highly extreme positions which almost forced these new styles to be invented. — Alan Kay, The Early History of Smalltalk As I’ve become more familiar with the history of […]

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Virtuous Code

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


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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.