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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. […]

My authoring tools

Several people have asked about my self-publishing process. I’d really like to write something comprehensive about this, along with code/scripts/config for my whole build stack, but I haven’t had time yet. Until that time, here are some notes on tools I use. UPDATE: I’ve published the scripts and Makefiles referenced below on GitHub. Warning: they […]

Last Chance for Exceptional Ruby Beta

As you probably know I’m writing an eBook called “Exceptional Ruby”, based on my talk of the same name. For a couple of months now it has been available as a Beta release, as I work on adding the last few sections, tightening up the copy, and improving the PDF layout and typesetting.┬áThis week I’ve […]

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.