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Author: Avdi Grimm

Minimal CSS frameworks for coding demos

On RubyTapas, I occasionally need to demonstrate web application code. I often use little Sinatra apps for this purpose, because it allows me to illustrate a web app programming concept with all the usual features like routing, sessions, and templates without switching between lots of different files. When I do this, I also like the […]

Planning for the wrong kind of scale

Recently I wrote at length to my newsletter subscribers about some of the factors that went into my choice to move RubyTapas to a WordPress platform. Here’s a small excerpt from that letter: Programmers love solving problems. The corollary is that we also love making problems. When we’re faced with something which is obviously an old […]

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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

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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.