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Contest: Your reply to NoneSuch

Folks seem to have gotten a kick out of NoneSuch. I thought it was particularly cool how many people opted to play along. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m giving a talk at the upcoming Day Camp 4 Developers 2 virtual conference. The focus of the conference is “telecommuting”, so if you work […]

I’m Speaking at Day Camp 4 Developers

Those who read me regularly probably know that my other passion, apart from writing great code, is building strong geographically dispersed teams. Well, today I’m very happy to announce that I’m going to be speaking on that topic at the Day Camp 4 Developers virtual conference on Saturday, March 5th 2011. The topic of the […]

Writing Open Source software that people will actually use

I gave this presentation at the 2010 Central PA Open Source Conference (CPOSC). Someone suggested I write about Open Source software being used for dispersed team collaboration based on my interviews for Wide Teams, and my knee-jerk reaction was “nobody is using FLOSS for remote collaboration!”. That became the inspiration for the talk. It starts […]

Confident Code at B’More on Rails

Here’s video of the talk I did at B’More on Rails January 12, 2010. If I seem nervous, it’s because it’s the first time I’ve done something like this. The two things I will try to remember for future talks are: Stand still! The audience is in front of you, dumbass! The slides are available […]

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Exceptional Ruby

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The definitive guide to exceptions and failure handling in Ruby.