The realities of organizing a community tech conference: an ill-advised rant

Posted on June 13, 2016

Warning: this post is an ill-advised, badly timed rant. There are swear words. You have been warned. Also, no one person instigated any of this rant. It's been building in me for three years. <3 Let me tell you about the realities of organizing a tech conference: it sucks. (more…)

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Frameworks for Feedback at DevOpsDays Chicago 2015 [Updated: with video!]

Posted on August 26, 2015

I gave a talk on "Frameworks for Feedback" at DevOpsDays Chicago. The organizers asked me to add in a little about diversity and microaggressions, so it's pretty jam-packed, but seemed to be well received. Also, the DevOps community is awesome. (more…)

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Rspec error: undefined method `get’

Posted on November 13, 2014

You may have upgraded Rspec recently. Or perhaps a new team member joined, ran bundle and couldn't run any controller tests. (more…)

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Print CSS for Rails and a print link helper

A while back How About We for Couples launched gift memberships and we needed a way to allow the buyer to print something for the person they were giving it to. "No problem," I thought - we'll use a print stylesheet! Turns out there was a bit more to it than that. (more…)

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Struct to hold url attributes you care about

Parsing urls can be quite annoying. Ruby's URI#parse and CGI#parse do a lot of the heavy lifting, they often don't give you exactly what you want in a convenient format. (more…)

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