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Adventures in Pair Programming (Part 2)

A few days ago I had my first remote pair programming experience which got some real work done. Dave Doyle had set up the Toronto Perl Mongers meetup group, and we thought it might be good to deal with at… Continue Reading →

No Adventures in Pair Programming (yet…)

Both pair programming partners have yet to pair with me. I have learned a few things getting my infrastructure set up, and I’m getting impatient to try it!

Adventures in Pair Programming (Part 1)

Recent lifestyle changes have left me with more energy and desire to learn, so I am looking into doing some remote pairing with some friends in the city. I expect that working with people I already have a relationship with… Continue Reading →

The Joy of Concrete Automation

In the Pragmatic Programmer the section on Ubiquitous Automation starts with this quote: Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations we can perform without thinking. Alfred North Whitehead I understand the reasons why automation is an essential aid… Continue Reading →

Vagrant: Up and Running – a review

Vagrant: Up and Running is a relatively new book from the reliable O’Reilly stable. The author of the book and creator of Vagrant, Mitchell Hashimoto, says: “Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments, sandboxed in a virtual machine.”… Continue Reading →

Discipline (is a Vehicle for Joy)

My revisiting Ruby and Rails is moving ahead well, each week day I spend an hour or so to do a couple of Vitamin R sessions to work through Michael Hartl’s Rails Tutorial. Progress is good, and the content seems… Continue Reading →

Building Ruby 1.8.7-p374 on Mountain Lion (and Mavericks) under rbenv

New versions of ruby 1.8.7, 1.9.3, and 2.0.0 came out recently to fix a security issue, and for the first time I have tried building an old (1.8.x) on OS X 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion). I tried rbenv install 1.8.7-p374, and… Continue Reading →

Getting Back on the Rails

I have had a few months break away from doing software development, and the time has firmed up some of my prejudices about the type of people attracted to various technologies. So without further ado it’s time to plunge into… Continue Reading →

Getting .mp3 Files into iTunes as Podcasts

Recently I purchased Avdi Grimm’s Objects on Rails “sponsor edition” to get the special extra – a long interview with Sandi Metz. This comes as a big .mp3 file. I happily use iTunes to organize my audio content, and dropping… Continue Reading →

The Right Tool for The Job

I have been experimenting with different tools to try and replace my paper-based notebooks I used to use at work as lab logs. For a while I was getting quite frustrated trying to make the DayOne app do everything. Then… Continue Reading →