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Toggling technical debt

The plumbing and scaffolding logic to support branching in code becomes a nasty form of technical debt, from the moment each feature switch is introduced. Feature flags make the code more fragile and brittle, harder to test, harder to understand and maintain, harder to support, and less secure. Source: Building Real Software: Feature Toggles are […]

The Coding Wasteland

Lately it has become popular to justify any messy code written in haste as intentional technical debt: “we chose to sacrifice quality for speed.” I’m not sure this is a constructive trend. In my own work I’ve begun making a distinction between technical debt and technical waste. Here’s how I define the two: Technical Debt consists of […]

Virtuous Code

"The three virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris" — Larry Wall

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RubyTapas Screencasts

RubyTapas Screencasts

Small plates of gourmet Ruby code.

Confident Ruby

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32 Patterns for joyful coding.

The Making of Cowsays.com

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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.

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