Marius Butuc

I can sleep when the wind blows

learning about ease at work from Kent Beck

Stumbled tonight on Kent Beck's keynote from RailsConf 2015 on the streetcar, on my way back from work, after a few weeks that have been less comfortable. A few weeks when the feeling that there is a massive "oportunity for improvement" was just starring me in the face, but I was too focused on that one thing I was doing to be . . .

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Posted in: railsconfkeynote

November 06, 2015

Testing asynchronous emails

the Rails 4.2+ way

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Disclaimer: These "lab notes" were originally written for and published on Engine Yard's blog back in April.

While putting them together, Noah Slater's patient feedback changed the tone and the flow of this article significantly for the better.

Having said that, let's dig in!

Say you're building an app . . .

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Posted in: testingrails

October 04, 2015

Clojure workshop for beginners

Bring your beginner mind

Heard of Clojure? Wanted to, or tried it out already? Eager to better understand its idiomatic ways?

The Clojure Toronto group is kickstarting the Clojure workshop for beginners with the first session this Saturday, March 7, from 1pm.

The plan is to meet up every Saturday afternoon at the Shopify office and dive into Clojure with open, . . .

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March 05, 2015

A 4500h Slice: Advocate Marketing Expert

Soul-searching in the previous two years

When spending 4500 hours surrounded by advocate marketing experts, you learn a lot. Mastery, you ask? That number of hours is far from enough for one (like me) to achieve mastery, but you sure get to learn a lot about real advocacy, about marketing and about so much more.

The other day I was on GlassDoor. And was looking, almost comparing . . .

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Posted in: influitive

February 05, 2015

Designing Intuitive User Experiences

Make selection obvious

As part of today's Mobile AV Club, we watched Mike Stern's Designing Intuitive User Experiences talk at WWDC 2014

In his talk, Mike presents five fundamental ideas, he calls the Top 5 Characteristics of Intuitive Apps:

  1. Platform Savvy
    • Mike talks about the importance and the strength of using specific idioms, platform-specific . . .

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January 13, 2015

Using R within IPython Notebook

Native R code in your favourite notebook

Looking for an iPython Notebook equivalent for r: amazed by knitr so far

That was me about 3 weeks ago. iPython and not IPython, r and not R. As you can tell, ignorant wannabe. By that time, I had discovered the rmagic extension—contains some magic functions for working with R via rpy2—but there was this strong feeling that . . .

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November 09, 2014

Data Science at the Command Line

the Unix command-line is not dead for Data Science

Data Science at the Command Line Jeroen Janssens's webcast on Data Science at the Command Line proved to be a mix between a good proof that the Unix command-line is not dead for Data Science and a more that two hours hands-on marathon. What made this webcast even more unique was the hands-on element (that more speakers could take example form). . . .

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August 21, 2014