Derek J Bender

Welcome Questions

This tweet came across my feed today:

I think this is great and more people who are able should do so!

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July 23, 2017

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 . . .

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January 11, 2016

Video: How to stop hating your tests


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.

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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) . . .

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Posted in: os x

August 31, 2015

Here's to new adventures

2002 Honda Shadow VLX VT600C

Silvrback blog image

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


  • 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 . . .

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November 02, 2014