I found a use for Ruby

…a place to send all the people who washed out coding PHP. I haven’t read this book so I can’t comment, however, I have yet to read a good “Pragmatic Programmer Series” book. The one all the Rails developers jizz over, is so poorly written and full of errors, I am beside myself. Please buy […]

Why PHP triumphs over Ruby

“I’m really low on my scatological count here…I’m sorry I didn’t crack enough jokes or use enough [cuss words], but I’m sure people will forgive me. They can just attend one of my talks and get their cuss quota for the year. And if not, coding these web apps themselves involves a lot of swearing—a […]

Ruby, Photography, and Women

My second twitterstalk was Andrei at Caffe Trieste in North Beach. Andrei is someone everyone should be nice to for reasons I mentioned before. He’s trying to get me back into photography. I think it’s because he has a photoblog now… from Andrei’s photoblog, 9 august 2007 and probably figures that getting my competitive juices […]

Have we reached “Peak Ruby”?

The Terry Chay peak theory, also known as peak ruby, is a not-so-influential theory concerning the long-term popularity of software languages. It predicted that future popularity in Ruby will reach a peak sometime in the year 2007 and then decline. Some observers believe that because of the high dependence of the language on hype, the […]

Some advice about coding bootcamps

A friend writes: Hey Terry! I’ve been looking into attending a coding bootcamp. Do you have any opinions on them? Any local ones with particularly sterling reputations? Do they seem to churn out somewhat competent alumni? Thanks in advance for any insight you might be able to lend. Honestly, I don’t have a good opinion […]

You lost me there, bub

Reading [this blog post ranting on PHP][phphorrors] > No corporation supports PHP’s growth & maturity like Sun & Google do for Java, Google (Guido van Rossum) for Python (jnc Django framework), Ruby (inc RoR) by 37 signals etc… 37Signals & Ruby? Thank his noodly appendage PHP’s support isn’t as terrible as that company on that […]

It's just a tool

Previously: [Part 1][programming1], [Part 2][programming2], [Part 3][programming3], and [Part 4][programming4]. I received an interesting question the other day from a recruiter: > Would you be open to moving away from PHP? My answer: First, by analogy. I’m a photographer, most of the cameras I own are manufactured by Nikon. This is like asking if I’m […]