The Pragmatic Programmer – Chapter 6 Notes and Questions

So my engineering bookclub is continuing on with Chapter 6 in The Pragmatic Programmer. We have had some stops and starts along the way. For chapters 4 and 5 we ended up combing the weeks because none of us were really feeling discussing chapter 4 (Pragmatic Paranoia). We did have to move Chapter 6 from last week, because it was…

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The Pragmatic Programmer – Chapter 5 Notes

For our beginning notes to review and discuss for our book club choice, The Pragmatic Programmer, I used notes from Joe Hallenbeck. This was great for the first 4 chapters, but then I had to put in some work and start taking my own notes. These were just to help jog the memory for discussion points, and in case someone…

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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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Code Documentation – before, after, and during coding

Sometimes you just need to started on some design for work on a larger ticket or new feature, you want to get your thoughts down and maybe start plotting out a code flow or some potential classes but what app do you reach for? So much of the time I reach for Google Docs, for my personal or professional work.…

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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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Git workflow and my new love of Git alias

For good or bad, my current Git workflow does not include merges, but rebasing. It keeps the history cleaner, works with the established workflow (pretty standard GitHub flow) just no merge commits.  I was trying to find a nice graph of the master branch, but coming from a GitLab background it isn't hard to find this information in the GitLab…

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The danger of Slack

Slack is a wonderful communication tool, I love how easy it is to get in touch with my co-workers, but it is also a huge time suck which I have become slightly addicted to.  It is way to easy to start browsing through a channel, start checking on the pinned items (#living-vicariously, I'm looking at you), and then look up…

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Taking a step back from tactical to focus on strategy

We just got through a full company retreat.  Thinking back over my career, this might be the first company that I worked at that actually did one of those.  I have down team things before, and had all company meetings, but not a full on retreat. It was great to see the entire company come together to work on a…

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