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20 some-odd years ago, when I was a graduate student, I spent about two years building Mac applications using a language called Prograph.
You’ve likely never heard of it.
I want to explain why I’m still kind of obsessed with it.
I’ve spent a lot of the intervening 20 years explaining to people why it was great. I’ve I’ve been capable of delivering this as a lightning talk at the drop of a hat at any time in the past ten years.
Prograph was a purely visual language — they called it a data flow language. And by visual, I…
These are a director’s notes on my talk “The Developer’s Toolkit”, you can also watch the video here.
It has sources for all the tools mentioned in the talk, and a little commentary that didn’t quite fit in. Hope this is helpful:
I actually switched to ZShell as my prompt using the Oh My Zsh library to install it. ZShell is…
Everybody in the Ruby community says they love pair programming. We often use it as a proxy for the awesomeness of a developer shop. Developer candidates regularly ask me if we pair as part of their attempt to determine if we know what we are doing.
I wish we’d cut that out. Pairing is not a proxy for how good a development shop is.
Pairing is also not, in my experience, a great tool for increasing team productivity and code quality. At least, not without putting a significant amount of effort into structuring the team to take advantage of pairing.
Just this week, RSpec 3.7 was released with support for the Rails system tests added in Rails 5.1.
(If you’d like to read more about system tests and see examples of them in action, my book Rails 5 Test Prescriptions is now avaiable for purchase)
System tests were added to Rails core in Rails 5.1 as the core team’s preferred way to test client-side interactions using Capybara and a browser driver. This is in addition to the Rails core integration tests, which don’t use Capybara, but which do test against server-side generated DOM elements.
Even if you are already using…
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Podcasts are perhaps not the world’s best medium for talking about code, so I wanted to dive a little deeper into a couple of things that Corey and I discussed.
Corey mentions early on in…
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The big news in my little corner of the world is the closing of Dev Bootcamp. Many of the original Chicago DBC staff were former coworkers of mine. Here’s Dave Hoover’s photo set from the first couple of years. I have some complicated feelings about the bootcamp movement, which I’m hoping to get to on a future podcast episode (here’s an interesting Twitter thread from Sarah Mei on…
So, I had enough fun with comparing RailsConf to older RailsConfs last year that I thought I’d do it again.
Same rules. There are 20 talk titles listed here, 10 of them are from the 2009 RailsConf in Las Vegas, 10 of them are from the 2017 program in Phoenix next week. I tried to avoid talks that specifically referenced versions or tools that would date them, like “What’s new in Rails 3” and the like. I may have deliberately tried to pick things that were surprising.
(This is a sidebar to an email course called Noel Rappin’s Testing Journal that you can sign up for here. It relates to the content of the email course, but didn’t quite fit in. If you like this post, you’ll probably also find the course valuable. You can also hear me discuss similar topics with Justin Searls and Sam Phippen on an episode of the Tech Done Right podcast.)
I often find myself referring to tests as “high-value” or “high-cost”. Which may lead you to the obvious question of what the heck makes a test high-value, since there’s not exactly…
Noel Rappin is an Engineering Manager II at Root Insurance. He is the author of Modern Front-Front End Development For Rails. Find him @noelrap.