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By Nathan L. Walls

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Reading and Learning: April 20, 2015

For some background on what’s going on here, see the first tool sharpening post

Oh goodness, this is a big one. I can explain. Work has been busier and I’ve spent more time of late really wanting to not do things manually. Witness all of the TextExpander work I’ve done in previous editions of “Tool Sharpening.”

I simply refused to keep a list of articles read manually, so I waited until I wrote a tool to pull the contents of an RSS feed from Instapaper and write it out as a Markdown file. After completing another home project last week, I had time to write the first iteration of that tool, and so, I was able to quickly pull things I’ve read for the last few weeks easily.

As the tool expands, I expect to be able to make these sorts of posts more frequent and, as such, more digestible.

Articles and books

I read the following:

We’ve been paying closer attention lately to how we use design patterns in our Ruby on Rails work. Decorators have emerged as one pattern that’s helped us keep…

Since leaving SocialChorus I have been doing an odd combination of management consulting and on the ground software design consulting. I have been doing what I…

Rome wasn’t built in a day is one of those adages freely dispensed by motivational posters and chatty grandparents, which makes it just as easy to freely…

Last year in one of my conference talks, I mentioned that I have kids. After my talk, a woman came up to me and asked me how I do it. How I have a full-time job…

My hands were shaking…I could barely breathe I had just finished the first one-one-one coding assessment in my six-month coding bootcamp and it had not gone as…

Let’s say you want to delete a method foo that seems to be dead code. You use a tool like grep to find callers of foo, and there are no results. It’s tempting…

On March 27 The following message was posted on the official GitHub blog: We are currently experiencing the largest DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack…

I’d been meaning to write this up for a while, and now Nat Pryce has written up the 140 character version . I “write” a Call Option when I sell someone the…

Let’s say you have some code whose intent is clear to you but you can see a world where someone else may be confused. Often after writing such code, you realize…

Were software engineer a profession like doctor or lawyer, we’d have a strong and binding set of ethics. I note that the ACM publishes a code of ethics. Here’s…

Brent Simmons has a good post today on ethics for programmers: Were software engineer a profession like doctor or lawyer, we’d have a strong and binding set of…

This checklist is comprised of 48 items you can use to gauge the maturity of your software delivery competency, and form a baseline to measure your future…

I am lucky enough to work with a small team of fantastic engineers who truly care about their customers. If you are not that lucky, this letter is for you to…

The hardest part of advising Ph.D. students is teaching them how to write. Fortunately, I’ve seen patterns emerge over the past couple years. So, I’ve decided…

If you’re using Git, you’re probably using pull requests. They’ve been around in some form or other since the dawn of DVCS. Back before Bitbucket and GitHub…

Screencasts and presentations

I watched or attended the following:

Podcasts

I listened to the following:

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