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Category Archives: Ruby
Does code optimized for RAM usage need to be ugly? Find out, in this free episode of RubyTapas.
Sometimes it’s hard to decide how to handle a failure in a method call. Raise an exception? Return a nil? Log an error? The best choice may differ depending on where the method is being called. In today’s free RubyTapas … Continue reading
It’s been way too long since I posted a Monday freebie. Today’s little video tries to answer a question I hear pretty often: what’s the difference between blocks, procs, and lambdas—and which one should I use?
This post started out as the second half of an article on prototype-based OO design for Gregory Brown’s Practicing Ruby. For an introduction to the prototyped view of the object world, and to follow along on an adventure in making … Continue reading
This week’s freebie episode is a brief exploration of what exactly happens when we define a class in Ruby. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p61mk_O4Tw0]
Today’s Monday freebie takes a look at two different methods for redirecting standard out and standard error – one simple and quick, one more comprehensive.
Sticking a rescue at the end of a line may seem expedient, but it has a tendency to bite you when you least expect it. In today’s freebie episode, I demonstrate how dangerous an inline rescue can be, as well … Continue reading