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Category Archives: Ruby
I am thrilled to announce that my book Confident Ruby is now finished. I even hit my target of releasing by September 1st… if by “September 1st” I had meant “of the following year”. So what is this book and why … Continue reading
I recently had reason to submit a one-character documentation fix to Ruby. I know submitting a patch to a high-profile project can feel intimidating, so I recorded the process to show just how straightforward it is.
Today’s freebie answers the #1 most common question I get about RubyTapas!
Today’s freebie (episode 55, if you’re counting) covers a simple technique for making a single .rb file work as either a library or a runnable script. In the process, it covers the __FILE__ constant and the $PROGRAM_NAME variable.
I just released a gem I’ve been working on for the last couple days. It’s called Naught and it’s intended to make it easy to build various kinds of Null Object class in Ruby. This isn’t the first generic Ruby … Continue reading
At the borders of our systems, mockist testing hits a point of diminishing returns. In this free episode we take a look at when to stop mocking and start integration testing.
Some functions are useful in many different contexts. In this free episode we’ll explore some ways to make them available both to library code and to client code of a library.
I have a few ongoing miniseries in RubyTapas. In this, the second installment of a miniseries chronicling the creation of a Rubygems plugin and an associated server, I touch on a number of topics including acceptance testing, the shellwords standard … Continue reading
Today’s cautionary episode demonstrates and explains a Hash gotcha that often comes as a surprise.
Does code optimized for RAM usage need to be ugly? Find out, in this free episode of RubyTapas.