Devver

One of my goals has long been to be paid to work on a product that I can be personally enthusiastic about. I’m happy to announce that that goal has…

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Go Fetch

I’m a fan of the #fetch method in Ruby. I’ve noticed that other Rubyists don’t use it as much as I do, so I thought I’d write a little bit…

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Smart Requires in Ruby

I have a lot of Ruby RSpec files that start out with a line something like this: require File.join(File.dirname(__FILE__), %w[.. spec_helper]) “This is boilerplate” thought I one day, “my editor…

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TDD Accelerates Development

Periodically, well-meaning Agile advocates will make the argument that practicing Test-Driven Development trades development speed for better quality. That is, it slows you down but it’s worth it because the…

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Damien Katz: CouchDB and Me

One of the most powerful talks delivered at RubyFringe is now available online: Damien Katz: CouchDB and Me This was one of those “soft” talks that really made RubyFringe special….

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The three line rule

A frustrating couple days of coding has crystalized a new rule for me: If you can’t demonstrate your new feature in three lines of code, you’re not done. But it…

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Agile Living

Over at The Lazy Faire, the blog my wife and I co-write, I’ve started blogging about applying Agile software practices to everyday life.

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