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How Tech Writing Sucks: The Five Sins

Previously, I’ve established that the reason Alex Bunardzic likes my writing doesn’t have anything to do with my gender. The real question, then, that Alex meant to ask is: “Why does so much tech writing suck? And why does some writing suck less?” They are genitalia-indifferent, these questions, and well they should be. I will […]

Interview With Marcel Molina of 37Signals

It’s about that time again—time for another Slash7 interview, that is. My previous interview with Tobi Luetke was a great success, and many of you expressed an interest in further interviews. I hadn’t forgotten that, but it has been on the shelf. Until now, anyway. This time my interviewee is Marcel Molina, of 37signals, formerly […]

Interview with Tobi Lutke of Shopify

Today I’m doing something a little different. I’m posting the very first slash7 interview. If y’all are interested, I might make it a habit! Our first hapless interviewee is Rails core member Tobi Lütke of jaded Pixel. You may not immediately recognize either of those names, but surely you’ve heard of Typo, which originated with […]

A Not-So-Objective View of Ruby

It’s a sad state of affairs. I’ve been so remiss when it comes to blogging (and anything else that is quasi- but not directly work-related) that someone scooped me on something related to me. Marcel Molina, of 37 Signals (and previously, Ionist), posted this to the Ruby on Rails weblog: The first is an introduction […]

The Fall from Scaffolding

I learned about Ruby on Rails because I was into Basecamp. Basecamp I heard about on a designer’s forum called YayHooray!, a long time ago, back when Basecamp was new and beta. If I hadn’t read that Rails was what was behind Basecamp, I probably never would have bothered looking into it. But what really […]

Rails HowTo: Pluralizing

Into JavaScript? Have I got good news for you!If you’re interested in JavaScript-driven web apps, snazzy visual fx, and generally confusing people into thinking your site is Flash—but oh-so-much better—you should buy our JavaScript Performance Rocks! book while it’s still in beta. Written by Thomas Fuchs, the creator of Scriptaculous, and yours truly, the maker […]

Ajaxariffic Autocomplete with Scriptaculous

You’ve read the ONLamp tutorial, but you lust for more. So you want to autocomplete, do ya? Do ya?? You’ve come to the right place.

A Little Form Help From Your Friends

I have a dirty little secret, and I’m not sure if it’s really the best idea to announce it here being the rather public forum that it is, but here goes: I hate HTML. You’re probably wondering why that little statement rates up there as a “dirty little secret,” involving, as it does, no dubious […]

Rails – What Goes Where

Homes for Your Logic, CSS, HTML, and More Rails is a framework. (If you didn’t know that before starting this article, you might want to hit up some other beginner articles first.) Framework makers love separating files into different folders—they’re the obsessively tidy folks in the world of code. Simple logic would follow that Rails […]

MVC: The Most Vexing Conundrum

MVC, short for Model/View/Controller, is one of the hallmarks of Ruby on Rails’ design. But unless you know what that is, just saying so doesn’t do much for ya.

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