Articles

Customizing Elixir's IEx

October 30, 2017

Out of the box, Elixir's REPL IEx is incredibly powerful. With a little modification, you can make it event better.


TDD: You've Been Doing It All Along

June 6, 2017

Lots of developers wrongfully malign TDD, piling on countless arguments against it. What they don't realize is they're doing TDD; they're just not reaping any of the rewards.


What is Technical Debt?

May 4, 2017

'Technical Debt' is a metaphor we use in the tech industry to describe the deficiencies in our code base. Did you know there are different types of technical debt and that not all debt is a bad thing?


Startup Fallacies: If You Build It, They Will Come

April 16, 2017

Many startups believe 'if they build it, they will come', but this only leads to disaster as they build the wrong product for an imaginary audience. Find out why this is such a horrible mistake, why so many fall into the trap, and what to do about it if you find yourself there.


Configuring New Rails Projects With .railsrc and Templates

April 3, 2017

Templates and .railsrc files have been around since Rails 3.x, but somehow I'm just finding this out now. Learn from my ignorance and simplify setting up all your future rails projects.


The High Cost of Technical Debt

March 23, 2017

Technical debt is costing your projects and company more than you realize. Like fiscal debt, technical debt can be paid down, and it's imperative that you do. There's more at stake than a little bit of low quality code.


Embracing Change: Rails 5.1 Adopts Yarn, Webpack, and the JS Ecosystem

March 16, 2017

Many naysayers would have you believe Rails is dead. Don't believe the hype. With the coming of Rails 5.1 and its embrace of the JS ecosytem, Rails is solidifying its position as the king of web frameworks.


Why You're Not Speaking at User Groups, and Why You Should

February 15, 2017

The easiest thing you can do to support your local user group is to present, so why don't you? More importantly, what are you missing out on by not speaking?


Reduce Form Boilerplate with Rails' FormBuilder

January 20, 2017

Different frameworks impose different styles on forms, but they all end up requiring more boilerplate. You can either accept the pain boilerpating brings with it, or work around it. Creating your own FormBuilder is a simple way to do just that.


"Legacy" isn't a Bad Word

December 16, 2016

There's a lot to hate about legacy code, but is it possible it's more good than bad? Find out what it is, why it's so hated, and how you can benefit from it.