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Avdi Grimm

Hacker; code documentarian.

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.

Transcript of remarks at MeritConf 2015

Thank you for this opportunity to speak at MeritConf 2015. First, a little background: I have been committed to the advancement of meritocracy for decades. Just ask my close personal friend Max Merrit, or any of the other fine fellas in Merit Club. (For those who don’t know: Merit Club is made up of meritorious individuals who have been voted on by other members, based solely on their merit.)

My record is clear: I have maximised my stats in both kinds of merit that a person can have: technical and business. I discovered the scientific fact that a person’s merit can be predicted from his clothing choices and beer preferences, to within a 0.001% margin of accuracy. This discovery has simplified hiring practices at many major corporations.  I also helped build the Bay Area’s leading social merit rating system, a completely unbiased method of determining relative human merit based on the objective judgement of acquaintances from hackathons and drink-ups…

Further reading:

Via Is Tech a Meritocracy

Periodically, people ask whether Agile is a cargo-cult. The simple answer is – yes. Because everything is to some degree. People find something that works and they attempt to make it work for things that it was not designed for. It’s a natural strategy to try and sometimes it works. But we shouldn’t be surprised when it falls short. Sometimes different problems require completely different solutions. Scale may be one of those problems.

Michael Feathers – Moving Past the Scaling Myth

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Virtuous Code

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Books and Screencasts

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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.