Ylan Segal

The REPL: Issue 51 - October 2018

The Architecture No One Needs

Greg Navis discusses why he thinks single-page applications (SPAs) are almost always worse than traditional, multi-page web application. I tend to agree: Most of the time, it adds engineering complexity for not much benefit. I think this is particularly the case when using Elixir and Phoenix, since their performance is spectacular. Phoenix Channels already provide a way for updating content on a page without reloading, and the upcoming Live View promises to make it even better.

Elapsed time with Ruby, the right way

This post by Luca Guidi explains with great detail how calculating elapsed time in Ruby can have it’s pitfalls. The TLDR:

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## Don't do this:

starting = Time.now
# time consuming operation
ending = Time.now
elapsed = ending - starting
elapsed # => 10.822178


## Do this:
starting = Process.clock_gettime(Process::CLOCK_MONOTONIC)
# time consuming operation
ending = Process.clock_gettime(Process::CLOCK_MONOTONIC)
elapsed = ending - starting
elapsed # => 9.183449000120163

Automate Repetitive Tasks with Composed Commands

In this post, the [[Atom]] team explains how you can create composed commands from existing commands already available in your editor. This feature seems great for automating tasks. I haven’t composed any commands of my own just yet, but I think this is a great addition.