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How I Make Technical Decisions

Maybe it’ll help you out? Previously on Locally Sourced: does anybody read this part? Hi, it’s Noel, how are you? Last time, I wrote about pair programming, and there were a couple of discussions on Twitter (where you can follow me @noelrap) that came down to what would make you choose to have your team do pair programming or how you would evaluate it. I thought it was worth a follow-up…

Entropy Essays 6: Pair Programming

We hope that 1 + 1 = 3 Previously on Locally Sourced: I’ve been doing a lot of these oddly titled posts about XP and Agile practices. Like testing. Or OO. I wrote about inclusion on agile teams. And about team metrics. Next up: pair programming. And even though it sounds a little pretentious to my ears, I really do think this is going somewhere, and I think between the last one and this one, the shape of the argument is starting to make sense to me.

Entropy Essays 5: Team Metrics

Or Why is a Software Team Like A Shortstop Previously on Locally Sourced: I’ve been writing these Entropy Essays about Agile and XP practices. Here’s the most recent one. You can see the rest here. Tell all your friends and colleagues to subscribe. One of the great things about writing this newsletter is that it’s forced me to think some ideas through in more structured ways than I might have if I was just talking to myself in my own head.

Rails and JavaScript, Part 4: The Future?

It’s hard to predict… Previously on Locally Sourced: Well, we’ve been talking about the history of Rails and JavaScript: part 1, part 2, and part 3, and we’ve finally caught up to the present time, so I guess it’s time to talk about the future. Also, my Rails and JavaScript book is still on sale. You might want to buy it. This is all a little speculative, based on the are changes that have been made to Turbolinks and Stimulus that are clearly in use in Hey.

Rails and JavaScript: Part Three

The Webpackening Previously on Locally Sourced: Rails came out and let people do Ajax, when Ajax was a thing. Then Ajax was less of a thing and Rails let people write CoffeeScript, and use Sprockets. Also, I wrote a book on Modern Front-End Programming with Rails, which is relevant to this edition. The Rails 5 and 6 releases have had a few big JavaScript components, with one more presumably imminent. With Rails API and Webpacker, Rails made a big move toward allowing better interoperability with the JavaScript ecosystem.

Rails and JavaScript Part 2

UJS, CoffeeScript and Sprockets, oh my. Previously on Locally Sourced: I wrote about the early years of Rails and JavaScript. Which made it to Ruby Weekly. Also, my Rails and JavaScript book is still on sale. A quick program note: If you’ve liked the Entropy Essays, I’m doing a virtual Chicago Ruby Meetup on July 7th at 6:00 Central Daylight Time. It’s being streamed via zoom, and you can sign up here.

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