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Avdi Grimm

Hacker; code documentarian.

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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 […]

Breaking open toys in Smalltalk

For a lot of people, having to work inside the “walled garden” of a VM, with its own GUI and everything, is one of the biggest barriers to learning Smalltalk. Today I made a little video about one way that working in this environment can actually be empowering. By the way, full disclosure: I cheated a little […]

In which I make you hate Ruby in 7 minutes

Per the roadmap I laid out the other day, I’m making a concerted effort to work on my meager Smalltalk knowledge. One of the best ways to cement knowledge is to pass it on, so I thought I’d make a little video showing some of the stuff I’ve been impressed with so far. In this […]

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

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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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