Ruby, Elixir, and More

Yet another blog by Hal Fulton



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2016-02-12   Um... Happy New Year?

Now that the year is more than 10% over... maybe I should actually add a new blog post.

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2015-11-11   An 'in' operator for Ruby?

I have had two fairly small changes I wanted to make in Ruby. The first was realized years ago -- hashes now preserve insertion order and iterate in a predictable way. That's fairly minor, but it did/does have some use cases, and it had no impact on performance.

Here's another one. Personally, this is a bigger thing to me.

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2015-11-23   RubyDay was a success

On November 13, I attended Ruby Day in Turin, Italy. It was well worth the trip.

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2015-11-10   Ruby Day in Turin, Italy

I'm honored to be speaking on Friday at Ruby Day in Turin, Italy. See http://rubyday.it for the schedule.

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2015-09-17   Computer science as a lost art

An old friend of mine asked me this in email last night:

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2015-08-25   Immutable data (ditching the wax tablet)

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Phoenix training prior to the Lone Star Ruby

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2015-08-11   Announcement coming soon...

Maybe this will stir your curiosity a little. I hope it does. I've started working on a project with someone else, and I think it will be really worthwhile.

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2015-08-10   Concerning the term _monkeypatching_

There have been many "dark days" in the Ruby community, some much darker than others.

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2015-07-27   Phoenix isn't Rails

I don't know Elixir very well at all. But I've started to learn Phoenix now. The first thing to know: Phoenix is not Ruby on Rails (nor is it "Elixir on Rails").

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2015-07-23   Ruby for Dinosaurs...

I have a good friend I've known since college. He was much older than I was (though now somehow we are much closer together in age). He was a mentor to me with regard to computers and other things.

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2015-07-22   Elixir Conf 2015 announced

Elixir Conference 2015 will be in early October in Austin, Texas!

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2015-07-20   Upcoming Lone Star Ruby Conference...

After a short hiatus, LSRC is back! Join us in Austin next month. Speakers have just been announced.

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2015-07-17   How to turn your brain sideways

If you think in OOP, as I do, then functional programming is a great way to shake your neurons out of their complacency.

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2014-09-17   Programmers and word processing

The other day, I was thinking about the mechanics of writing. Not grammar, spelling, and punctuation, but the actual work flow involved.

Specifically, I was trying to gather my thoughts on why writing a software book using Microsoft Word is so incredibly painful. (Granted, I have used Word or similar tools to write fiction and shorter pieces.)

It wouldn't seem so at first, would it? Isn't word processing software the savior of the writer? Wouldn't we be using typewriters without it?

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2014-07-29   Elixir Conf 2014

Last week in Austin, I attended the world's first Elixir conference. It was very energizing!

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