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Building large features: my process for branches, requests and reviews

Working on large features can be tricky. I've spent the last few months refining a process that makes it easy to keep in touch with the main branch, to make reviews more manageable, and with little GIT overhead.

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RSpec fundamentals: a basic glossary

RSpec syntax can be tricky to get at first. Here's a glossary of the keywords you'll use the most when testing with RSpec.

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RSpec fundamentals: setup, naming and basic structure

When you start programming, it's not easy to know what to test, how to test, and why should you test? So let's start with the basics: a basic setup and exploring your tests structure.

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Always serving someone

It's easy to tell yourself it's not your job to provide a great service to your users. But taking time to write beautiful code will bring joy and value to you and your teammates.

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Debugging with pry-byebug: moving in the stack frame

Time to level up your debugging game with frames, adding breakpoints on the fly, and some handy shortcuts.

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Scoped Active Record Associations

Active Record Associations are a great feature of Rails. But I had never thought of using them as scopes until last week! So let me show you a neat little trick that'll make your code much much more expressive (and keep your N+1 queries in check).

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How to wrap your head around a new codebase

For the last eighteen months, I've spent my time trying to understand bits of code I'd never seen before. Eighteen months later, I still don't know every corner of the codebase, but what I do know, is how to get efficiently familiar with new parts of a codebase.

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How not to live stream your code

This week, I did my first live stream on Twitch and it didn't turn out so well (to say the least). Here's a recap of my rookie mistakes, what I liked about it anyway, and what I'm planning on doing.

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Asynchronous HTTP requests in Rails

Let's look at how we can update parts of our app's pages with asynchronous HTTP requests. This is a step-by-step how-to with some good ol' Javascript fetch() method, and Rails native server-side partial rendering.

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A hands-on tutorial to debugging your code with pry-byebug

Like most new developers, I started as a puts developer. Then, I discovered pry-byebug and debugging things got a lot easier. This is a beginner-level, hands-on, introduction to debbuging your code with pry-byebug. Behold the power of binding.pry!

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Going remote: a live documentation on transitioning out of the office

Last week, I started the process of transitioning from an on-site position to a full remote one. I'll publicly document what happens as it happens here. Interested in remote working? Join in!

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Don't sell yourself short

You've just graduated from university. Maybe you're in your first two years as a developer. You are, what the market calls, a junior developer. And you're a burden to companies. That's what you're being told. Well, this is bullshit.

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Working with tempfiles

A while back, I needed to create XML files, send them to a distant server and delete them once the transfer completed. This is when I discovered Tempfiles and rejoiced in using Ruby.

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2019 - a year in review

Well, here we are. December has come and gone. Now is the time to look back on what happened last year: a lot of writing and becoming a Real Developer™.

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A beginners' introduction to Ruby classes and objects

When you start learning Ruby, you often hear that everything is - or evaluates as - an object. Here's an introduction for junior developers who want to get the gist of objects and classes in Ruby.

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Keep your finger on the pulse with RSS

Social media turned our lively corners of the web into glum ones. Let's breath life back into them with fresh signals.

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The violence within

Our mainstream work culture cultivates systemic violence: bullying, constant competition, sexism, etc. You name it. What if talking about could empower and protect us?

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Testing railway-oriented business transactions with Rspec

Railway-oriented business transactions are a great way to unclutter your Rails controllers. But how should we test them? Let's get down to it.

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How to use railway-oriented business transactions to unclutter your Rails controllers

When your Rails app needs to handle multiple steps, your controllers' methods can become a mess. Let's see how to Marie-Kondo them with dry-transaction

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Meet your new friend: self

tl;dr: When you're new to coding, it's not always easy to know where the fuck you are in your code. Well, call the most unexpected friend to the rescue: self!

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Own your story

When you put yourself out there, you get attention. Some of it is enjoyable. Some of it, not so much. It's not easy to keep your story straight.

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WTF is time complexity? 🤔

People who learn web development through coding bootcamp aren't (usually) familiar with time complexity. They might have read the words, but that's it. I know I tried to look up the Wikipedia page only to fall asleep at the end of the first paragraph. When I finally woke up, I thought "Nevermind, I'll never have to deal with it anyway". And boy, was I wrong.

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#TIL: a daily recap of my first two months as a Ruby on Rails developer

From early April to early June, I attended Le Wagon Paris' fullstack coding bootcamp. Each day, I shared what I'd learned on Twitter. Wanna know what it feels like to dive into coding for 2 months for the first time?

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Life After Bootcamp: Always Be Shipping

Last week was the 9th and final week of my Ruby on Rails Bootcamp at Le Wagon Paris. My buddies and I showed to the public what could be shipped in two weeks. A lot of great projects stood out that night. But now, it’s Monday morning. The excitement has worn off over the weekend, the many naps and the odd drinks. What shall I do?

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Add Omniauth GitHub to Your Rails App on Top of Devise

As I’ve moved into the last three weeks of Le Wagon coding bootcamp, the need to authorize people to sign-up with GitHub quickly arise. Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to do it when you already use Devise to handle authentification.

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How to set-up a lead generation strategy for small businesses: do’s 👍 and don’ts 👎

You’re building a product that can be used on the Internet? Good for you! But then, the thought of finding customers start to creep in. Should you talk about it now? Later? Should build a marketing war machine? Should you play it safe? After a few years of generating demand for companies, here is the gist of what I believe to be the best bet.

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How to make Open Data sexy: 10 lessons learned while building opendatainception.io

In June 2015, Nicolas Terpolilli and I were ranting about the difficulty to locate Open Data portals. Poor SEO seemed to result in poor rankings. Existing listings were either outdated or partisan. We started joking around with the idea of building a truly comprehensive resource. A resource that would gather every single Open Data portal we could lay our hands on.

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What is an API?

Wrapping your head around APIs can be challenging for non-technical users. What’s an API? What can be share through an API? Data? Services? How does one design an API?How do you code an API?

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Recruiting Your Next Marketing Talents? Give ’em a Technical Test

Over the past years, I’ve been invited to several interviews for marketing positions. Yet, I’ve not been asked a single time to do a marketing technical test. And you know what, this sucks!

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C'est quoi une API ?

This is the French version on an article explaining to newbies what are APIs.

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