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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I’m starting a Ruby blog

It's 2018 so it seems like a good time to start a blog.  That's a thing still right? It must be if my default wordpress theme has it. So I find myself starting a new career. I did this to myself, so I only really have me to blame.  I am or I was a Java engineer.  It was what…

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