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Ruby is defined by terrible tools

Look, let’s face it: Ruby tools are terrible. If you’ve worked in any Lisp you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve worked in Java or C# anytime recently you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve worked in Haskell you know what I’m talking about. “But Avdi! Lisp is homoiconic, and those other languages are statically […]

Benchmarking Ruby Dispatch Strategies

Let’s say we’re dispatching events to listener objects. Events look like this: Event = Struct.new(:name, :source, :args) Events should be routed to different handler methods based on the name of the event. For instance, when an object is sent the #call message with an :accepted event: listener.call(Event[:accepted, obj])

RubyTapas Freebie: Sequel

Today on Ruby Rogues we spoke to Jeremy Evans, the prolific Open Source maintainer of the Sequel gem and creator of the Roda web framework. (The episode will drop next Wednesday). It was a terrific conversation, and it reminded me that a while back I did a RubyTapas video about on the subject of Sequel. I’d love […]

So what’s the deal with Ruby refinements, anyway?

If you’ve been following Ruby developments for the past couple of years, chances are you’ve heard about refinements. You may have heard that they are controversial, confusing, or even “broken”. It’s true that refinements had some growing pains in their early, experimental versions. But having spent some time exploring the feature as it now exists in […]

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

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RubyTapas Screencasts

RubyTapas Screencasts

Small plates of gourmet Ruby code.

Confident Ruby

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32 Patterns for joyful coding.

The Making of Cowsays.com

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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.

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