Red Squirrel Reflections
Dave Hoover explores the psychology of software development
Wed, 22 Nov 2006
Hamish released the first rb-appscript gem, paving the way for the new and improved SafariWatir. Now with non-sluggish performance! Seriously, my regression test script runs ridiculously fast on my MacBook Pro compared to previous versions of SafariWatir.
This performance boost comes as no surprise. Up until now I was doing the
This got me started, but it turns out that using an Apple Event bridge like rb-appscript is more natural, and so much faster...
Fri, 10 Nov 2006heading to sunny Columbus in February to speak at erubycon, a conference focused on Ruby in the Enterprise put on by the artisans at EdgeCase. I'm honored to share the same web page with the other erubycon speakers: Bruce, Stuart, Justin, and Neal.
Today was the last day of the second run of the Ruby on Rails TDD Boot Camp. It was an excellent week spent with a comfortably-sized group of strong developers from diverse backgrounds ... some with many years of web development experience, some with none, some with Ruby expertise, some with none. One difference from our first course was that, at least from my perspective, this group gelled. I attribute this difference mostly to my nervousness, and subsequent hurried delivery, in our first course. The second time around I was able to pace things better which had a calming effect on me, and I predict this will continue to improve.
My most noteworthy lesson from this course should serve as a warning for anyone considering taking this course in the future:
Fri, 03 Nov 2006Ryan Platte will be joining Obtiva in a few weeks. Ryan is the fearless leader of Chirb and will add significant depth to our dynamic language expertise.
Wed, 01 Nov 2006
I've been pleased to see next week's Rails/TDD course in downtown Chicago fill up to match the attendance of our August course in the burbs. I'm excited to spend the week with another group of programmers willing to get their hands dirty in Ruby, Rails, Ajax and Test-Driven Development. I'll post an update after the course with thoughts, observations, and lessons learned.