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Episode 6: How Do You Manage Ruby Application Dependencies?

Every Ruby web framework has its own way of configuring itself as well as third-party dependencies.

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How to Think Like a Framework Developer

When implementing a specific feature for a specific application, you’re mainly concerned with the What. Yet when building a framework, you’re mainly concerned with the Why and the How.

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Episode 5: Optimized for Programmer Happiness

Ruby is optimized for programmer happiness. What does that even mean? Which programmer? Whose happiness?

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What Would It Take for Roda to Win?

Roda’s stated goals are simplicity, reliability, extensibility, and performance. Those are the very reasons why I have become such a Roda stan. It’s so malleable, you can take it in any number of directions in terms of architecture—particularly on the view side which is where my primary interest lies.

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Episode 4: Design Patterns on the Frontend, History of MVVM, Web Components, and You

This is a subject far too little discussed from what I can tell, yet with a fundamental awareness and regular usage of design patterns, you can dramatically uplevel your frontend code.

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Transform Your Data Object-Oriented Style with Formatters

I truly adore this design pattern. Once you know it, you start to see its usefulness across a wide variety of scenarios, codebases, and even programming languages.

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Episode 3: String-Based Templates vs. DSLs: the Pros & Cons of Each

In this episode, I break down the main conceptual difference between “string-based templates” such as ERB and “DSLs” such as Papercraft, the various options within each category, and some of the reasons you might want to choose one approach or another depending on your use case.

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What’s Better Than DRY? DOEY! (Don’t Over-Exert Yourself)

When I’m in my “flow state” as a programmer, what I’m constantly doing is finding ways to eliminate redundancies, learning to recognize that entire subsystems as a whole can be made entirely redundant if I simply took the time to search for higher-level abstractions.

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How Ruby and Web Components Can Work Together

Use Ruby to transform incoming data and generate reusable markup, and use web components to encapsulate frontend styling and behavior. Build discrete building blocks of UI while collapsing mental models. Chef’s kiss!

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Episode 2: Componentized View Architecture FTW!

There are no full stack engineers?! Let’s talk about that. Also, just what is a componentized view architecture anyway? I break it all down and explain why I’m gung-ho about view components. Plus I answer questions regarding Stimulus, nice_partials, and other Rails tooling from listeners like YOU! Enjoy, and keep on Ruby-ing!

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