Engineering Bookclub – The Pragmatic Programmer

I'm leading a book club at my workplace, Flywheel . We are working through "The Pragmatic Programmer From Journeyman to Master" by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas. Published in 1999 this books walks through techniques and tips to level up your development. Even being published more than 20 years ago (😱) there are plenty of parts that are relevant and…

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RubyConf Retrospective

Now just picture this hall littered with vendor's, con goers and lots of signs, and that was the RubyConf hallway track. I made it through my first technical conference. There was a lot more socializing, networking, and partying then I every thought there would be. These were 3 loooonnng days of non-stop learning, meeting incredible people and being a part…

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The Calm Before the Conf

I'm attending my first RubyConf tomorrow in L.A. This really is my first technical conference that I have ever attended. It is awesome that my employee is putting the time and money into growing me, and I really hope that I can use this as a learning experience, as well as growing my knowledge about the Ruby community. I was…

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Introduction to OpenStruct

Intro to OpenStruct Last week I had a task to start working with some CSV data pulled in from the database.  There was already existing code working with the data, so I needed to make sure whatever changes were applied, that they were backwards compatible.  The data was an csv representation of an array.  The current code was hard coded…

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Update on Ruby and Rails learning experience

Even though I may not be writing about it, I am continuing my deep-dive into the word of Ruby.  At work I am mostly focused on Rails.  My app is Rails, and the tickets I am working on are Rails (with some haml and scss thrown in, yay for learning some front-end development!).   Currently I have been able to be…

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Finding out how little you know about Git

I haven't been a Git user for a long time, I have just been actively using it since January. That may not sound like a long time, but for a developer using a tool for over 5 months is almost as much as some projects take (if you are lucky) or as long as a contract is.  Since switching from…

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The problem with starting

Sometimes there is just so much information and resources that making the first step takes a long time to decide, just because you don't where to start.  There are so, so, so many free amazing resources for learning ruby that I keep on getting distracted jumping from one to the other.  Today did not feel like the best learning day.…

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A new day, a new wordpress theme

I'm not only new to ruby, macOS, but also to WordPress. Since at my new workplace, WordPress is kinda a big thing, I knew that I needed to learn this too. I am still trying to get a handle on themes and how to edit the look and feel of the website. I want to keep it clean, really nothing…

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Ruby Koans – Day 1 Progress

Slow start at first, but I think I am picking up speed.  equals and == sucks, they mean the exact opposite that they do in Java.  Ruby, == is equivalence (.equals in Java), and use .equal? to check if the objects are the same (== in Java).  That'll probably hang me up for a while.  This resource from ruby-lang helped…

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Ruby Koans – Is this the path to Ruby enlightenment

Ok going forward I am trying out iTerm for my terminal and Visual Studio Code for my editor. Don't know if these are best practices or anything, but when I was trying to pull down code from GitHub in just the default MacOS Terminal, it felt clunky.  So I am running through the Ruby Koans tutorial because it seemed more…

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