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Looking for a donor RoR app

Hi, folks. I’m in the market for a hand-me-down app. Specifically: Open-source or public domain Smallish, but real. Not just a “hello world” app. Does something that most people would understand without a ton of domain-specific background. Built with Ruby on Rails 3 or later Working (if there are bugs that’s OK) Doesn’t have to have […]

Hacker terminology: “Golden”

When I was starting out as a young programmer, I worked on (among other things) an air-traffic control system. A full set of hardware for the system—including multiple rack cabinets containing maybe a couple dozen computers and specialized boards, user consoles, testing apparatus, and the cabling to connect it all was called a “channel”. A […]

The real 10x developer

Ask me for a 10x developer, and I’ll show you a hacker who can take a list of 10 tickets, and reject 9 of them because they don’t appreciably advance the project goals. Like some kind of “project manager”, or something.

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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.