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Kata and Analysis by Jim Weirich

Towards the end of this video there’s a terrific discussion of the point at which DRYing out the code any further would just make it harder to understand. I was also amused by the quote: I have downloaded much of my brain into emacs muscle memory.

Jim Weirich on Decoupling from Rails

In 2011, “Uncle Bob” Martin challenged the Rails community to decouple their business log from Rails machinery. But he didn’t much detailed guidance as to how. Here’s a talk by Jim Weirich from 2013, where demonstrates his implementation of Martin’s ideas.  

The Soul of Software

The good folks at Tropical Ruby have released the video of my keynote, The Soul of Software. In this talk I start with the premise that the Ruby wave may have peaked. I took that observation as a jumping-off point to examine where we come from as a community—particularly from a philosophical point of view—and where we […]

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RubyTapas Screencasts

RubyTapas Screencasts

Small plates of gourmet Ruby code.

Confident Ruby

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32 Patterns for joyful coding.

The Making of

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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.