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NoneSuch: The Greatest Ruby Gem EVAR

I am very proud to announce a brand new, incredibly cool Ruby gem: NoneSuch. Here’s a short video to introduce it. UPDATE: Got a NoneSuch success story? A disastrous failure story? Enter the contest and win a ticket to Day Camp 4 Developers 2! Like this video? Like Ruby? I’m writing an eBook about exceptions and failure […]

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 […]

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.  Damien got up on stage and bared his soul about what it means to drop everything and work on your dreams when you have a […]

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.