Marius Butuc

Code coverage analysis tools

SimpleCov: how to add it to your tool belt and (the 5) why(s)

Why am I reading this?

Popular software development culture advises us that 100% test coverage of our code is no reason for pride. It's not even a goal to be pursued on high priority. Either taught by our experience already, or we've overheard at least an elder (developer) say say it before: having test that provide complete . . .

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January 04, 2016

Be careful the environment you choose

for it will shape you

Michael Hartl mentions in his Rails Tutorial that Rails comes equipped with three environments: test, development, and production.
Then an aside shows how to run a console, a server and a rake task in an environment different from the implicit development because, as he confesses

I find it confusing that the console, server, . . .

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Posted in: rails

November 29, 2015

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: keynoterailsconf

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!

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Posted in: railstesting

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 . . .

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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January 13, 2015


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