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Testing Thor Ruby Required Options

Testing Thor Ruby Required Options

Thor Ruby gem is a great tool to quickly build a CLI (Command-line interface) app. Although there are lots of tutorials for building a CLI with Thor from scratch, but there aren’t a lot of them on how to test Thor, especially covering scenarios such as required options. Thor makes it easy to specify options and arguments for Thor commands. However, I didn’t find it easy to test them in the documentation....

3 min · Stefanni Brasil
hexdevs podcast episode: How to Open Source with Richard Schneeman

How to Open Source with Richard Schneeman (@schneems)

How to Open Source with Richard Schneeman What does lurking and flossing have to do with contributing to open source? It’s all about sustaining tiny habits. Be a lurker and start small. Read a PR, try to understand what’s going on. Leave a thumbs up 👍 if you like it. This is a very easy way to get started. And build a habit out of that. – schneems How to Open Source: Learn the secrets of successful contributors...

3 min · Stefanni Brasil, Thiago Araujo
How to RSpec a Rails JSON API responses with Jbuilder

How to RSpec a Jbuilder response from a Rails JSON API

For rspec-rails users, when testing a controller action that uses Jbuilder as a serializer, and you want to test that the response includes exactly what you expect from the Jbuilder serializer, you need to enable render_views in your specs. That’s because in RSpec, rendering the content of view templates is disabled by default. But when using Jbuilder, you do want to render views because that’s how Jbuilder serializes the response. And that’s what render_views does: it enables view rendering for controllers specs....

2 min · Stefanni Brasil
Open Source Thursdays event - Contributing to Ruby Faker with Vitor Oliveira

How does the Faker Ruby Gem Work?

How and when a new version of a Ruby gem is published to RubyGems? Do you know how Faker Ruby generates fake emails, fake phones, fake dates, and fake URLs? Did you ever wonder how a new release of a Ruby gem is published on RubyGems? Or are you interested in contributing to Open Source? If you said yes to any of these questions, then you’re in luck! Watch the recording of Open Source Thursdays and you’ll learn all about it....

2 min · Thiago Araujo
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The Surprising Way to Become a Senior Software Developer with Caroline Salib

“I had a huge list of the technical things I needed to learn for this new position and turns out none of them was missing for me to get to Senior. I need to do some leadership work, do more mentoring, and is a matter of time. But now I know what to do and I know what to focus on. And that was really surprising. I don’t need to spend hours studying programming” – Caroline Salib....

3 min · Stefanni Brasil, Thiago Araujo
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What books on Ruby should I read when trying to move from Junior to Intermediate Developer?

Some weeks ago, one of our community members asked us the following question: “What books on Ruby would you recommend when trying to move from Junior to Intermediate Developer? I can understand basic Ruby and intermediate Rails code well. I get lost when looking up code in the gems… I feel like they are a bit more advanced. Instead of looking for scattered content across the internet, it’d be nice to go through a Ruby book to have a more solid understanding of things!...

5 min · Stefanni Brasil
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How to Write a Clean Order By Case Query with Arel on Rails

You’re working on a feature and someone tells you that one of your models needs to be ordered based on some complicated rule. You realize you’ll need to write a complex order by query… Here’s how it usually goes: You think to yourself: “Should I write an order by case when statement? Maybe I’ll just add a little bit of SQL…" Two minutes later, you end up with a bunch of nested case when statements, subqueries, common table expressions, angry statements, shouting, and a whole lot of tears....

4 min · Thiago Araujo
Quickly Debug Ruby Gems with Pry, git bisect, and bundler

Guide: Quickly Debug a Ruby Gem with Pry and Git Bisect

Are you trying to debug a Ruby gem but not sure how? Here’s a quick way to debug any Ruby Project using Pry and Git Bisect. When triaging some open issues on Faker, an open-source Ruby gem, I came across Issue #2482. I was able to reproduce the problem. Turns out the bug was already fixed by this PR, but version v2.20.0 was released before that. I thought this would be a great opportunity to show you how I debugged this issue so you can learn some new tricks....

7 min · Thiago Araujo, Stefanni Brasil
Smart Ruby Developers Don't Ask for Advice

Smart Ruby Developers Don’t Ask for Advice. They Do This And Build A Reputation As a Result

If you could run a career quality tool to analyze your progress, would it say you’re moving in the right direction? What score would you get? Here’s the catch: how you think you’re doing and what your teammates think how you’re doing are not the same thing. Want to find out for sure whether you’re moving up the Engineering Ladder anytime soon or not? The only way is by asking for instructive feedback....

5 min · Stefanni Brasil, Thiago Araujo
No Idea How to Build a New Feature? 216+ Ruby on Rails Application Examples To Have as a Reference

216+ Ruby on Rails Open Source Applications You Can Use as a Reference

Not sure how to implement a new Ruby on Rails feature? A proper model, controller, migration? Or how to write a test for the code you’re writing? What if you could easily access a massive library of full-blown Ruby on Rails Applications used in the wild and have them as a reference? real-world-rails gives you a list of (173 apps + 43 engines) = 216 Rails Applications you can learn from 💣...

6 min · Thiago Araujo
How to find your Ruby Software Career Path with Mina Slater

How to find your Ruby Software Career Path with Mina Slater

Often as developers, we believe we are supposed to know everything. Just figure everything by ourselves. As long as we get faster and better at coding, our careers will progress smoothly. But if you ask around, you’ll notice that most people are feeling technically stuck, despite years of experience. If you ask for career advice, people will throw you an endless list of complex technical skills to master. That’s not what you’ll find here....

3 min · Stefanni Brasil, Thiago Araujo
Public Speaking Tips for Software Developers

How to Create and Deliver a Technical Talk as a Software Developer

Everyone says delivering a technical talk is a great opportunity to connect with people, build your reputation, create opportunities to grow your career. In one of the lessons of Get to Senior, we even recommend people to not simply don’t go to meetups… but to talk at meetups! But, when you finally decide to do it, the fear of tackling public speaking pops up. Is public speaking even a required skill for a Software Engineer?...

12 min · Stefanni Brasil
The 1 Mistake Keeping Mid-Career Developers Stuck in a Loop — And How to Break Free

The 1 Mistake Keeping Mid-Career Developers Stuck in a Loop

You look at the clock: it’s 5 PM. You’ve been sitting on a chair for the past ~8 hours… Or worse: just endless, mind-numbing meetings all day. No wonder why you don’t feel like opening up a technical book or watching tutorials after work. Even so, you try to push yourself one more time because you want to keep growing in your career. You try to finish one exercise from the latest technical material you’ve invested in....

5 min · Stefanni Brasil, Thiago Araujo
Unhappy as a Developer? How Not To Be Miserable with Dr. Randy Paterson

Unhappy as a Developer? How Not To Be Miserable with Dr. Randy Paterson

Do you suffer from Slack notification anxiety? On-call schedules and deadlines giving you nightmares? Are your teammates nitpicking your code during code review? Instead of quitting your job out of frustration and having to go through another round of technical interviews, what if you knew how to have a great relationship with your work? Learn how to deal with imposter syndrome, unrealistic deadlines, and stop communicating passive-aggressively today! Communicate effectively with your team and finish the day feeling good about what you’ve accomplished....

60 min · Stefanni Brasil, Thiago Araujo
Ruby Code Quality with Ernesto Tagwerker on the hexdevs podcast

Ruby Code Quality with Ernesto Tagwerker

Are you working on Ruby on Rails Applications that are constantly on fire, overwhelmed by technical debt? Instead of being a firefighter, what if you could be a happy programmer again and “Escape the tar pit”? Learn exactly how to measure tech debt and take the right steps to immediately improve code quality. Listen to our conversation with Ernesto Tagwerker (@etagwerker). Apple Podcasts | Spotify About our guest Ernesto Tagwerker is the founder & CTO at FastRuby....

44 min · Stefanni Brasil, Thiago Araujo
Just Enough Hotwire for Rails Developers with Chris Oliver Open Source Thursdays

Just Enough Hotwire with Chris Oliver

Chris Oliver is the founder of GoRails, JumpStart Rails, Hatchbox and RailsBytes. He is also one of the hosts of the Remote Ruby podcast. Chris showed us how to get started with Hotwire, how to inspect turbo streams. He also answered some questions from the audience, including how to migrate from Webpacker to jsbundling-rails, Websockets performance, and security. Do you want to know how Chris Oliver got so good at building products?...

2 min · Stefanni Brasil, Thiago Araujo
Open Source Thursdays Expert Guest session with Aaron Patterson (tenderlove)

A Tender Introduction to Ruby Internals with TenderJIT

Aaron Patterson is a Senior Staff Engineer working at Shopify where he is focusing on Ruby core and Rails core development. He joined us on this Open Source Thursdays session to work on a Just-in-time (JIT) compiler for Ruby that’s written in Ruby. With the additional tenderlove we all love 💎 Get the slides for this session here 🖼️ In this post summary, you’ll learn how Ruby’s virtual machine works, CPUs, Execution code, and more....

4 min · Stefanni Brasil, Thiago Araujo
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The Science of Expertise (Part II): A Better Way to Practice Ruby with Deliberate Practice

This article is the second part of the Science of Expertise series. Before reading along, read The Science of Expertise: introduction to Perceptual Learning. the resources mentioned in this series is also found at the end. A Better Way to Practice Ruby: Deliberate Practice Perceptual Learning results are promising. Unfortunately, no research has been made for programming yet. In this article, you’ll learn what we apply from what’s been published regarding Perceptual Learning in several domains....

5 min · Stefanni Brasil
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The Science of Expertise (Part I): Introduction to Perceptual Learning

How do you become an expert? Why some Ruby developers can’t explain what they know? Why some developers don’t develop expert skills? What does it mean to be a Ruby expert? To discuss these questions, we’ll explore Perceptual Learning (PL) research. PL is a natural learning process that complements traditional Education. It accelerates expertise by speeding pattern recognition, intuition and fluency on a given subject. Ever since I found out about Perceptual Learning in the book “Badass - Making users awesome”, from Kathy Sierra, I got really curious to learn more about the science behind Perceptual Learning....

7 min · Stefanni Brasil
How To Build a Developer Portfolio and Be Stuck Forever

How to Build a Developer Portfolio And Be Stuck Forever

“Can you help me build out my developer portfolio?” It’s the first question early-career developers ask when they book a mentoring call with me. They’ve been struggling to find their first developer job. They read an article or a friend tells them they should be focusing on building their tech portfolio. Or they just decided to follow generic advice on the internet. I’ve been mentoring people for many years, and the portfolio question is the first thing they ask me....

5 min · Thiago Araujo