In a previous post, Testing Is Not An Option, I talked a lot about why you should write tests, and the arguments you can put forth to your client, manager, or whoever it may be as to why you should write tests. What I didn’t talk about was how to start writing tests. So let’s talk about that for a bit, shall we? When I’m talking with a potential client, well at least a client that has an existing code base, I always ask what their code coverage stats are.

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In August I announced CoverMe a code coverage tool for Ruby 1.9. Well, today I announce that it has hit it’s first release candidate! I’ve very excited by the fact it’s getting close to an ‘official’ release. The response to CoverMe has been great and through feedback from the community I’ve made a lot of improvements and fixed a lot of issues. While quite a few things have changed under the hood, not much has changed in how you use CoverMe.

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Testing in Ruby on Rails is incredibly easy. I mean stupidly easily. So easy that if you’re not doing it, you are a very, very bad developer and should re-evaluate your career choices. (Yes, I believe in testing that much!) One thing that is not all that easy, however, is object creation and populating your test database. Five years ago when I first started working with Rails the only options we had to get data into the database were fixtures, or hastily written ‘factory’-esque methods custom to each application.

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Ruby 1.9(.2) is an amazing language to develop applications in. It’s faster, more powerful, cleaner, and a huge improvement over Ruby 1.8.x. Because of those reasons every Ruby developer should move to this exciting new version of our language. When making a move of this size it’s important to have the right tools to help us along. Unfortunately, one of the most useful tools as a Ruby developer, RCov, does not work with Ruby 1.

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Five years ago I left the world of contracting and reentered the world of the full time employee, and I enjoyed every minute of it (well, almost). Now fast forward five years and I find myself once again at a crossroads. Do I continue on as an FTE or do I become a contractor, and play the field, so to speak? Looks like I’m going to go with the hired gun route for a little while, but that’s not really the point of this post.

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When I was 11 I made my very first recording. It was 1987 and the technology choices for recording were, how to put this, almost non-existant. So I did what any smart 11 year old would do, I improvised! Let me walk you through the history of my recording career. Don’t worry, I’ll make it brief. The Boom Box. I had a two cassette boom box, it was a beast of a machine.

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Quite often I get asked why don’t I blog more? Why don’t I tweet more? Why don’t I fill in the blank more. The answer is I’m a busy man. I’m the CTO for a pre-funding startup, www.shortbord.com, the father of two adorable little boys, the lead singer of a Boston-based band, www.myspace.com/colawarvets, and that’s just the big stuff! I have to prioritize what I can spend my time on, and unfortunately some of my open source projects are the first to get the ax.

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I’ve always been a big proponent of Ruby 1.9, I make no bones about it. My question is why wouldn’t you be? It’s faster, more powerful, easier to use, and makes things a lot clearer and cleaner than 1.8. So why then are pretty much all of us still running our applications on 1.8.x? Great question, and as far as I can tell there is really only 1 answer. That answer?

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Hey there everyone, recently I have been getting a lot of requests for bug fixes and new features for the APN on Rails gem that I wrote. While I appreciate that the gem is getting a lot of use and helping a lot of people out, I, unfortunately, no longer have the time to maintain the gem. Recent changes in my career have meant that I have moved away from doing a lot o iPhone development, and because of that I no longer have the time, nor the desire, to keep maintaining a gem I’m no longer using.

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About.com became the first, that I know about, to review my book, «Distributed Programming with Ruby». What a great first review to have as well. They rated the book 5 out of 5 stars! The review can be found here. «Anyone working with distributed programming in Ruby will want this book.» The only downside they saw in the book, was that they wanted it to be longer! I have to save something for the 2nd edition, don’t I?

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