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Kata and Analysis by Jim Weirich

Towards the end of this video there’s a terrific discussion of the point at which DRYing out the code any further would just make it harder to understand. I was also amused by the quote: I have downloaded much of my brain into emacs muscle memory.

RubyTapas Freebie: Sequel

Today on Ruby Rogues we spoke to Jeremy Evans, the prolific Open Source maintainer of the Sequel gem and creator of the Roda web framework. (The episode will drop next Wednesday). It was a terrific conversation, and it reminded me that a while back I did a RubyTapas video about on the subject of Sequel. I’d love […]

So what’s the deal with Ruby refinements, anyway?

If you’ve been following Ruby developments for the past couple of years, chances are you’ve heard about refinements. You may have heard that they are controversial, confusing, or even “broken”. It’s true that refinements had some growing pains in their early, experimental versions. But having spent some time exploring the feature as it now exists in […]

In defense of fat tools

Rails has this thing called the “flash”. It’s like a special subset of the session hash. It’s a key/value store with an enforced short lifespan. Stuff you put in the hash lasts for exactly one render or redirect, and then goes away. It’s handy for stuff like notifications. You can set it in the controller: […]

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