Alan Ridlehoover

Alan Ridlehoover

San Francisco, California, USA
Husband. Dad. Programmer. Photographer. Drummer. I πŸ’š Ruby!
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
Jul
29
Dewey grass

Is DRY the Worst Programming Advice Ever?

DRY (or Don’t Repeat Yourself) was probably the first pearl of programming wisdom you learned when you began to explore software development. But, was it sage advice?
3 min read
Jul
28
Entomology: The Art of Classifying Bugs

Entomology: The Art of Classifying Bugs

Classifying defects correctly helps customers, engineers, and everyone in between.
3 min read
Jul
28
Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Hello! And, welcome to The Code Gardener β€” an occasional newsletter about writing software well. Things will be up and running
Apr
08
Critical Path

Critical Path

A colleague of mine recently asked what I meant by "critical path." I gave her the following example, which she
1 min read