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Derek J Bender

2016 Career Goals

  1. Create an open source ruby application
  2. Publish article on how to TDD w/ RSpec
  3. Create a talk on domain modeling literacy
  4. Article and talk on using Rails as only a persistence/delivery layer
  5. Find a mentor
  6. Mentor someone

Other resolutions:

  1. Produce an ambient album
  2. Read books: Snow Crash and Neuromancer are at the top of my list
  3. Learn 20 . . .

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January 11, 2016

Video: How to stop hating your tests

via testdouble.com

The following presentation sums up so much of my own methodology of skillful testing. I recommend anyone looking for best practices in testing. The talk has some Ruby but is certainly not language specific. Thank you so much @searls.

How to Stop Hating Your Tests from Justin Searls.

As presented at RubyConf 2015.

For more information, see . . .

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Posted in: rubytesting

November 20, 2015

Be Skeptical of Articles that don't Discuss the Costs of Microservices

Know what side of the hype cycle you're on

As with most things in technology, everything is tradeoffs. It's tradeoffs all the way down. So when I read an article describing how startup XYZ (which is probably an actual startup but I'm not going to look that up) switched from a "Monolith" to "Microservices" and then proceeds to only talk about the benefits of . . .

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September 10, 2015

Cinema Display Retina/HiDPI Mode

How to Force HiDPI on a Cinema Display

How do you simulate a retina display on a 27" Cinema Display? The main tool used to accomplish this SwitchResX. This will allow for custom resolutions and enabling HiDPI for those resolutions. I'm using a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) model with the Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB for reference.

A current (2015) 27"cinema . . .

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Posted in: os x

August 31, 2015

Here's to new adventures

2002 Honda Shadow VLX VT600C

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I've ridden dirt bikes my entire life and I thought now was as good a time as any to pick up something for the road. I found a great deal on a 2002 Honda Shadow VLX VT600C from a nice person named Willy out of Hot Springs, SD.

Today's ride took me out to Deadwood, SD.

Safe travels out there.

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March 28, 2015

Getting started with Ruby on Rails 4.2.0

with Ruby 2.1.5

Prerequisite

  • Ruby: latest version at writing is 2.1.5

Getting Started

First ensure you're running the version of ruby you're expecting and not an ancient version like anything before Ruby 2.0.

$ ruby -v ruby 2.1.5p273 (2014-11-13 revision 48405) [x86_64-darwin14.0] 

Install Rails 4.2.0

Next ensure that Rails 4.2.0 is installed:

$  . . .

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November 02, 2014

Denver Vacation

In which our protagonist spends a relaxing week with his wife, Laura, and their friends Kittie and Danny

Travel

Laura drove out early so I got to fly out on Southwest after taking a taxi up to Omaha. I got to the airport so early that I had time to have lunch at The Hanger and enjoy a fine beer before boarding. I forgot how much I dislike free-for-all seating on Southwest, even though the rest of the experience is fine. You really get what you . . .

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October 28, 2014

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