• This Blog Is Now Delivered Over TLS

    For many months, I’ve been wanting to add TLS support for this blog, mainly because I believe that the web needs better security. As a content publisher and website owner it is in my best interest to make my content available over a secure connection.

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  • The REPL: Issue 18 - January 2016

    Getting to Zero Exceptions

    The folks at Yeller, propose a simple but powerful idea: Don’t tolerate any exceptions in production applications. Having a constant stream of exceptions that don’t really expose something that needs to be fixed causes intolerable noise that erodes confidence in the applications and obscures actual problems. I’ve had projects in the past where this was the rule and loved it. Constant discipline is the key to success.

    When to choose Elixir over Ruby for 2016 projects?

    Elixir seems to be picking up speed and in this post Hubert Łępicki @ AmbertBit explains when he thinks Elixir is a better option than Rails. And no, the answer is not “always”.

    The Rails Doctrine

    David Heinemeier Hansson, Rails’ BDFL, has written a post on what the philosophy behind Rails is. The content of the post is really interesting and elaborates on his vision of Rails and why it has been successful. It is a clear statement of the values that are important to him. For example, he clearly states that he doesn’t really care about being a purist of any paradigm, like object orientation or MVC, but instead is guided by pragmatism. I recommend Rails and Ruby developers read the post. It’s possible that you don’t agree with all the stated values, but I think it’s a good thing for them to be stated so plainly and clearly. Expectations on all sides are more likely to be met.

    Regarding the delivery: DHH at times has been a polarizing person in the community. His manner can be very grating to some. This post also has some of that, starting with the title. Even though the dictionary definition of doctrine is used correctly, in common speech it is usually reserved for religious teachings or tenets of political movements. Used for the principles behind a web-framework (even one that I love and use every day) seems self-aggrandizing. It is easy for me to see past that and take it for a grain of salt, but I know that for some, it can be extremely off-putting.

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  • Scratching An Itch With A Gem

    I love to read. I enjoy novels, science fiction, non-fiction, science and history. I also read a few technical books per year, which I review on this very blog. I was a bit late to the ebook party and preferred physical books. I received a Kindle as a gift for my birthday 3 years ago. From then on, I have been a convert: I love my Kindle and bring it everywhere.

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  • Review: Effective Ruby LiveLessons

    Effective Ruby LiveLessons is a video training course by Sam Phippen, based on the excellent Effective Ruby book written by Peter Jones (see my review of that book).

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  • The REPL: Issue 17 - December 2015

    How To Test Multithreaded Code

    Mike Perham, author of Sidekiq, the popular Ruby queueing library, writes a great post on how to test multithreaded code. The first portion, deals with separating the threading portion from other logic, so that it can be tested with regular means. In addition, he details how using a callback and the native Ruby Mutex and ConditionalVariable one can test threading code, without using any sleep calls. Very informative post.

    Is Rest Best In A Microservices Architecture?

    Craig Williams discusses why REST over HTTP is not necessarily the best option for communicating between microservices. He illustrates two other options: Pipelines and messaging and talks about the pros and cons of each. It’s a topic that I have personally though about much and at work, we have started using messaging as opposed to REST for the reasons outlined in the article.

    Learn to Code: It’s Harder Than You Think

    As Mike Hadlow, the author states in the TL;DR:

    All the evidence shows that programming requires a high level of aptitude that only a small percentage of the population possess. The current fad for short learn-to-code courses is selling people a lie and will do nothing to help the skills shortage for professional programmers.

    The perspective and numbers in the article are particular for the UK, but I believe they apply equally well to the US.

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