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Great article on Data Objects by @pcreux

This self-documentation is a great gift for other developers (and your future-self). A quick look at the Data Object definition tells us what attributes are available. No need to go through those four classes where a hash that’s returned by a third-party API is transformed, filtered, reduced, deleted, symbolized keys and recursively flattened… wait, what?! […]

Sri Yantra Mandala (By N.Manytchkine (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Patterns are for People

There’s a meme, originating from certain corners of the Functional side of programming, that “patterns are a language smell”. The implication being that “good” languages either already encode the patterns as language features, or they provide the tools to extend the language such that modeling the pattern explicitly isn’t needed. This misses the point on rather […]

Active Record Soup

Once upon a time there was a small but prosperous village. This village had a reputation for being tech-centric. It was populated mainly by enterprise consultants, software architects, and agile coaches. The denizens of the village had grown wealthy and contented from their lucrative careers. And while none of them were bad people, they had a reputation […]

Modeling the World with Prototypes

This post started out as the second half of an article on prototype-based OO design for Gregory Brown’s Practicing Ruby. For an introduction to the prototyped view of the object world, and to follow along on an adventure in making Ruby act like a prototype-based language instead of a class-based one, you should go check […]

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