The Code Gardener
The Code Gardener is an occasional newsletter about writing software well.

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Nov
27
A cup of steeping tea

The Coffee Machine Series: As a patron, I want tea

Welcome to the third in a series of posts in which we will answer the questions: * How does complexity sneak
3 min read
Nov
26
A cup of coffee with two butter cookies

The Coffee Machine Series: As a patron, I want coffee

Welcome to the second in a series of posts in which we will answer the questions: * How does complexity sneak
5 min read
Nov
25
Complex latte

The Coffee Machine Series: What Is Complexity?

Welcome to the first in a series of posts in which we will answer the questions: * How does complexity sneak
2 min read
Nov
19
Alan Ridlehoover & Fito von Zastrow @ RubyConf Mini

Speaking at RubyConf Mini

RubyConf Mini 2022 was fantastic! Lots of great speakers. Over 150 attendees. And, I got to check something off my
1 min read
Sep
20
RubyConf Mini logo

RubyConf Mini

Ok. So, I kind of left you hanging there with The Coffee Machine Series. But, there was a good reason.
1 min read
Aug
09
The Coffee Machine: A Series

The Coffee Machine: A Series

Why do so many applications become so hard to maintain over time? What causes software to go wrong? How can we recognize when it turns on us? What can we do to bring it back? And, how can Ruby help?
2 min read
Jul
31
Abstraction + Encapsulation: What's the difference?

Abstraction + Encapsulation: What's the difference?

Abstraction and encapsulation are terms you often hear when learning object-oriented programming. Both are about hiding details. But, what's the difference? What do they really mean?
1 min read
Jul
31
Do not allow_any_instance_of (unless you must)

Do not allow_any_instance_of (unless you must)

The RSpec team says not to use `allow_any_instance_of`. So, why did they include it in RSpec in the first place?
2 min read
Jul
31
A Lesson in Courage

A Lesson in Courage

We will be successful when we have a style that celebrates a consistent set of values that serve both human
2 min read
Jul
31
Stuck on Where to Begin Refactoring? Start with the 3 Cs of Code Quality

Stuck on Where to Begin Refactoring? Start with the 3 Cs of Code Quality

When jewelers talk about the quality of a gemstone, they talk about the three Cs: color, cut, and clarity. Programmers have their own three Cs for measuring software quality: complexity, churn, and coverage.
2 min read