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Some Pharo 4 Getting-Started Tips

Pharo 4 is a fast-developing project, and like any project that moves fast and has a small community, the development sometimes outstrips the documentation. Since I’ve started to play with Pharo I’ve seen some other newbies pipe up with the same questions that first tripped me up, so I thought I’d jot down a few tips.

Breaking open toys in Smalltalk

For a lot of people, having to work inside the “walled garden” of a VM, with its own GUI and everything, is one of the biggest barriers to learning Smalltalk. Today I made a little video about one way that working in this environment can actually be empowering. By the way, full disclosure: I cheated a little […]

In which I make you hate Ruby in 7 minutes

Per the roadmap I laid out the other day, I’m making a concerted effort to work on my meager Smalltalk knowledge. One of the best ways to cement knowledge is to pass it on, so I thought I’d make a little video showing some of the stuff I’ve been impressed with so far. In this […]

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.