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  • Amazing story. Students use technology to do their math homework for them. Teachers investigate. Instead of banning the tech, teachers develop an entirely new way of learning that's way better than what they were doing before.

  • "No developer ever will ever click a โ€œBook a demoโ€ button." ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ™Œ
    The Best Practices for a Great Developer Experience

  • Some day I will write a long article about this, but for now, here's one reason I think code bootcamps can be a lot better at teaching than universities. One (or more) instructors are engaged with students all day, every day, for the duration of the course. Students learn one thing at a time, in a carefully thought-out sequence. The curriculum is designed as a cohesive thing to an extent that is simply impossible with a traditional university schedule.

  • Never really wanted an Apple Watch until I realized it would be perfect for listening to podcasts without carrying my phone around. Then I learned it doesnโ€™t have an official podcast app??? Looks like Overcast is a good 3rd party option, but what is Apple thinking?

  • Could RailsConf ditch Twitter for Micro.blog?

    A little background on how I microblog: I post short, untitled notes on my own site, and they get automatically posted to Twitter and Micro.blog. Micro.blog is a service thatโ€™s a lot like Twitter, but itโ€™s based on RSS so you can post from your own website. Itโ€™s also designed in a way that makes it a lot less shouty than Twitter (no likes, retweets, or follower counts).

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  • RailsConf 2018

    Last week I attended RailsConf in Pittsburgh. It was my first tech conference and an all-around amazing experience. I left feeling grateful to work with Rails, and excited for its future.

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  • Haven't listened yet, but I am super excited that I just found a podcast all about developer experience design. ๐Ÿ™Œ

  • What to Use Instead of Amazon Assistant, the Invasive Wishlist Replacement ๐Ÿ”—

  • Current goal: Finish On Fire With Phoenix before Code School goes bye-bye on June 1st. ๐Ÿ˜ข

  • Building web applications is like knitting.
    Following a tutorial is like knitting from a pattern.
    Building an app is like writing your own pattern.
    Hand writing SQL is like spinning your own yarn.
    You donโ€™t have to know how to spin yarn to write your own patterns.