Three thoughts from Ruby Under a Microscope Author, Pat Shaughnessy

I’m reading two great Ruby books right now (reviews will be posted soon): Ruby Under a Microscope
 and  Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby. I like them both, for very different reasons.  Today, I’d like to share a little bit about the first.

Pat Shaughnessy (@pat_shaughnessy) has written a great book about how Ruby really works. After getting just a couple of chapters in, I really wanted

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Post-its and Interviews Part 2

Here’s the continuation of Janet and her team getting ready to interview candidates to hire a new team member. (See Part 1 here)

As the team files back in after their break, several people stop in front of the board, looking it over and thinking. Janet calls everyone to the table.

“Ok. We’ve built a good list here. We’ve got a couple of tasks to take care of, and maybe a little homework for

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Post-its and Interviews Part 1

I was in a meeting room I’d not visited before the other day and I saw a great idea on the wall. At a glance, I saw what another team had been doing.  With a little more thought and discussion with a co-worker, I was able to build a more complete picture of their activity, what it could have been about, and what it could lead to.

An entire wall was covered in sticky-notes, each with a short

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On Ruby 2012-06-11 19:00:00

This is a book that I wish was on my son’s required reading list.  Not that his code is hard to read (for someone in their first programming class), but that there are all kinds of bad habits that wouldn’t need to be broken if he and his classmates spent some time learning what good code looks like before they started to write their own.

The Art of Readable Code from O’Reilly is a quick, easy

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The Linux Command Line

As a long-time, professional Unix/Linux sysadmin, I spend a lot of time on the commandline. I’ve grown pretty familiar with it, but I often find that junior teammates don’t have the same familiarity. They often grew up in a world of windows and GUIs….

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Protocol Buffers – BJ Neilsen’s Take

BJ Neilsen (@localshred or at github) is a member of my local Ruby Brigade, and he’s hacking with/on Protocol Buffers with Ruby — oh, and he’s a fan of Real Salt Lake too.
He works for a Provo, Utah based startup MoneyDesktop. Where he helped them transition away from a less-than-desirable PHP solution to Rails. They now enjoy an entirely new service-architecture driven by Ruby (and Protobuf).

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