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Avdi Grimm

Hacker; code documentarian.


Where do ideas come from?

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 am the wrong person to ask. I am not an effective “idea guy”. I’m white, […]

Designer needed for a small job

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 entails coming up with a basic spine and back-cover based on those assets. It’s more […]

Seeking a used MacBook for my mom

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 her fourth year “in exile”, living in New Jersey acting as a full-time caregiver for […]

Should I rename my gem?

The Ruby community has some diversity challenges. I don’t think the Ruby community is any more┬ábiased than other tech communities; if anything, I think Rubyists are┬ámore apt to make a big deal over offensive content which would be considered business-as-usual in much of the traditionally white-male-dominated tech industry. Which, ironically, may make us seem like […]

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Virtuous Code

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

Books and Screencasts

RubyTapas Screencasts

RubyTapas Screencasts

Small plates of gourmet Ruby code.

Confident Ruby

Confident Ruby cover

32 Patterns for joyful coding.

The Making of

Confident Ruby cover

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.