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May 19, 2010: Testing Done Good

Chicago Ruby, Rubinius, TextMate, author paranoia, hoptoadNoel RappinComment

Book Status

I got some editorial feedback on the Cucumber chapter, the plan is to get that turned in by Friday for a Monday switch to Beta 3.

Not sure what Beta 4 will be -- it'll either be Selenium or some of the test quality chapters.


I'll be presenting at Chicago Ruby on June 1, along with Matt Polito. The working title of my talk "Testing Done Good", and it's going to be about writing good and robust tests. More details about that as I put it together. Matt's talk is called "Not an Intro to Git".


Boy, do I identify with this tweet from author and TV writer Pamela Ribon:

I keep waiting for an email from Amazon like: "Hey! Your book's page looks exactly the same as the last time you checked, you crazy lady."

If you want a little more background on Rubinius in the wake of the 1.0 release, Peter Cooper has a Ruby Inside article that explains it. I still couldn't get it to load via RVM, but I'm quite sure that's my own fault.

Thoughtbot announces a new Hoptoad plan, but the interesting part of the post is the metrics of how many errors the system has processed. That's a lot of "oops".

If you love TextMate, but wish it had better method completion, here's a stab at one from Carlos Brando. It's heavily dependent on naming conventions, so actual milage may vary.


Apparently the Smothers Brothers abruptly announced their retirement after 51 years as a performing duo. What does that have to do with Rails? Nothing, just that they are funny and I like them.

May 17: The Happy Streets of Wilmette

Agile, Consulting, Gems, Onion, RailsRx, RubiniusNoel RappinComment

Book Status

The Cucumber chapter is nearing final edit for beta. I cleared up a handful of errata, of which probably the most serious was a mistake on how to get the fixture data to pass the first test in the book. I'm hoping to get Beta 3 out later this week, and then I have to decide which direction for beta 4.

Oh, and the book: still on sale.

Agile Working

A few links about being a Rails Developer:

Jake Scruggs asks if you are really doing Agile development.

Mike Gunderloy makes a list of the services and tools that he finds useful in his development business. A great post if you are a small consulting firm.

Harri Kauhanen posts about how to sell Ruby on Rails projects. I've heard most of these in sales meetings over the last few years, though my impression was that it was getting better.

And Then...

The Rubinius Ruby interpreter reached a 1.0 milestone on Friday, as noted by nearly every Ruby person on Twitter. So far, I haven't used it, and my RVM install of it failed.

In a less interesting story, Ruby Gems 1.3.7 was also released.

And Finally...

This Onion article about David Simon doing a series in Wilmette, IL, cracked me up, but mostly because I grew up there.