The Bike Shed

by thoughtbot

On The Bike Shed, hosts Derek Prior, Sean Griffin, Amanda Hill, and guests discuss their development experience and challenges with Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and whatever else is drawing their attention, admiration, or ire this week.

139 Episodes

139: Red, Green, Refactor (Alex Clark & Sean Doyle)

Derek is Joined by coworker Sean Doyle and Codecademy’s Alex Clark to discuss the process of test-driven development and the development of a new TDD course for Codecademy.

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19 January 2018 • 33 minutes

138: I Don't Know How the World Works Anymore

We chat about how shared global state in tests can cause you to doubt foundational truths of the universe, some issues with Rails system tests, and recent changes in browser behavior.

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12 January 2018 • 48 minutes

137: What's Up, Docs

Who should library documentation be written for? How do you, as an author, know what your users will need to know? Should you have long form guides in addition to API documentation? We ask and answer these questions in the context of Sean's work to document Diesel 1.0. Stick around for the spoiler-...

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5 January 2018 • 48 minutes

136: Propagating Conspiracy Theories

Amanda joins Derek to discuss KotlinConf, powerful IDEs, our Ralphapalooza hackathon, and the React Native experience from a native mobile developer's perspective.

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22 December 2017 • 38 minutes

135: A Series of Unfortunate Examples

We discuss a possible ActiveRecord bug Derek encountered and explore the ambiguity of SQL formatting best practices.

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13 December 2017 • 33 minutes

134: Fastributes

We share our favorite talks from RubyConf and discuss how Sean has made ActiveRecord attributes allocation significantly faster with Rust.

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8 December 2017 • 31 minutes

133: A Very Special Bike Shed

Sean is on to a significant ActiveRecord optimization using an extension written in Rust and Derek shares an overdue thanks to an excellent manager.

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23 November 2017 • 30 minutes

132: What Went Well?

We discuss patterns and anti-patterns encountered in agile retrospectives and revisit a favorite topic: form objects.

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16 November 2017 • 36 minutes

131: Nouns For Verbs Sake

We briefly discuss the renaming of factory_girl to factory_bot before diving in to the visitor pattern; what is it, and what are its inherent tradeoffs.

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8 November 2017 • 39 minutes

130: I Grew Up in Balloons

Is Database Cleaner necessary anymore? Tune in for our exciting play-by-play reporting on that issue and stick around for chatter on personal defaults for new Rails applications.

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3 November 2017 • 33 minutes