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The Hybrid Kangaroo Desk

A few people have asked me how I feel about my Hybrid Kangaroo Desk. The short version is that I love it. The slightly longer version: so, I’d known I wanted an adjustable standing desk for quite some time. I’d experimented with a makeshift standing desk and liked it, but found it too inflexible for […]

Why WordPress

This was originally a reply to an email, but I thought since I get this question from time to time I’d publish it here as well. Why use WordPress to blog, when there are much more “hacker-friendly” blogging tools out there, such as Octopress? I use WordPress, in large part, because I don’t know PHP. […]

Screencast: Why Keyboard Macros are Awesome

Back in September I made the assertion that every programmer should be familiar with an editor that can record keyboard macros, even if it’s not the only editor they use. The other day I recorded a little video demonstrating why ad-hoc keyboard macros are so great.¬†It’s not a feature you need every day, but when […]

How to be a “Dirty Harry” programmer

How often have you heard and/or told this story? Right before the project started I’d seen some blog posts about Tool X and I really wanted to give it a try. So I talked the other developers into using Tool X. At first it went really well, but we kept on running into problems with […]

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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.