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Someone wrote in asking: you always have ideas… How do you generate ideas to build something? Which is a great opportunity to pontificate. (I swear, I did not make this question up!) Let’s get this out of the way: I … Continue reading
I’m going to be getting Confident Ruby hardcopies printed, and I need someone to wrangle the cover art according to the specifications of the printer. I already have art assets from the cover designer in Illustrator format. This job just … Continue reading
Implementing a simple scripting task in various languages. Continue reading
My mom has been nursing along an iBook G4 for many years, but it is finally showing signs of giving up the ghost. She could really use a “new” (to her) MacBook. A little about my mom: she’s now in … Continue reading
The Ruby community has some diversity challenges. I don’t think the Ruby community is any more biased than other tech communities; if anything, I think Rubyists are more apt to make a big deal over offensive content which would be considered business-as-usual … Continue reading
Tim Bray has an article up about static versus dynamic languages, and why he finds the static ones less annoying for Android programming than for web programming. It’s a good article. Something I’ve noticed over the past few years of … Continue reading
I asked on Twitter for some starting points on pushing asynchronous notifications to web browsers. Here are the results, summarized. Continue reading
Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns continues from the introduction with a brief explanation of patterns. Some notable quotes: About leveraging commonality: “large-scale software re-use has not proven to be the answer”. A lot of the mid-90s OO PR centered around the … Continue reading
The Ruby Rogues are reading Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns for next month’s book club, so I finally got around to ordering a copy. It’s high time, considering that in my experience it’s one of the most consistently recommended programming books … Continue reading
For a long time I’ve had the idea in my head of doing a Rails app-building walkthrough that emphasizes classic Object Oriented Programming techniques. For instance, building out domain models as regular ole’ objects, and then adding persistence in as … Continue reading