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Rasheed Abdul-Aziz

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Using the Boogie Board Sync 9.7

I just got my hands on a Boogie Board Sync 9.7. I asked our IT department if we could evaluate one because I am so frustrated with index cards. My handwriting is, at best, atrocious. I was born with a silver keyboard in hand.

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Ripper Event structure

If you know about Ripper, you know that it’s a bridge between the ruby language parser and your own ruby app. It lets you parse ruby files just as ruby would see them. It’s currently marked as experimental, but its been in ruby since 1.9.

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Chad Fowler, Empathy

http://chadfowler.com/blog/2014/01/19/empathy/



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Link: Ore, when 'bundle gem' isn't cutting it.

I often write small gems to encapsulate libraries, and I always want them set up in a particular way, especially with the inclusion of rspec and a test skeleton.

To date I’ve been using a template repository then running through with search and replace.

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DI Matters: Structuring Commands for clarity

I like using command objects as the ‘crux’ of my controllers. They encapsulate behavior without making models or controllers thick.

I think of commands as reactions to a signal (event). To produce a command I think first of the signal it is responding to.

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DRY? YAGNI! Or will you?

The following three terms are often used in Agile. I appreciate that they have value, but I want to reiterate that they are heuristics, not panaceas.

DRY

Don’t Repeat Yourself. A lot of good intentions here, however, domain modeling is not that easy.

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Being a Pivot.

I get up in the morning, do the usual ablutions, kiss my wife and daughter, who are often still in bed, and drag myself through the crowded subway system of New York to Pivotal Labs’ offices.

I’m usually early, so the people in before me are those that make the journey from “Noo Joisey”, bless their hearts.

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Broken permalinks and narrative, the pitfalls of moving content.

Lately I’ve been thinking about the risks associated with:

moving content refactoring domain terms within content.

I’ve identified the key areas of risk as narrative and permalinks.

Narrative

The narrative of your site/app can break in subtle and unexpected ways.

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[NY] Thursday Standup

Interestings Tenderlove explains YAML exploits

Tenderlove explains YAML exploits in great detail, and with his usual panache

http://tenderlovemaking.com/2013/02/06/yaml-f7u12.html



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Being Brave is fun.

You know how tech is. If you don’t stop and look around every, oh, hour or so, a brand new, very interesting technology has surfaced.

If that is not bad enough, old technologies get reinvigorated, like people taking up Vi, Lisp, NeXt… :)

So if you’re like me, are ‘time poor’ and want to get something valuable out of your precious personal-project time, then be brave.

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