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[Nov. 23rd, 2012|07:36 pm]
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Been poking at a rails tutorial today, as part of a larger effort to keep up-to-date with all the hip... new... uh...

...well, with the things that were hip and new like a good several years ago, anyhow, and are now common practice.

It's interesting coming at all this from the ivory-tower upbringing that I've had. Which, in turn, was a culture shock following a sloppy-hackery perl-and-C self-education prior to that. Point being that it's interesting to be immersed in the tropical rainforest of the boilerplate code-generation and reflection and test frameworks and git-integration and handy-dandy push-to-heroku workflow and so on --- in contrast with the desert-oasis-feel of academic software, where more typically you get one perfect shining pile of code and nothing around it for miles. I mean, obviously I'm being a bit hyperbolic by saying that, but it's how it feels.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2012-11-24 03:05 am (UTC)
Heck, the "one perfect shining pile of code and no ecosystem" thing is at least better than what often seems to happen, which is a few nice clean papers and one awful, sloppy pile of terrible code with no ecosystem.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2012-11-24 03:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, the oasis-in-the-desert is occasionally the mirage-in-the-desert ;)
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2012-11-26 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that sounds about right from what I've been exposed to.

I think I want take issue Rail's particular conventions as well as the convention-over-configuration-y-ness of it, but I'm not sure how to articulate my objections. But they aren't really fatal objections, just awkward. There's something about depending on a library for making plurals out of english words that mades my heart perform a tiny headdesk in my chest.

Especially "kine". Come on. Kine? Pshh. I know you think you're being cute, Rails, but... mutter mutter ;D
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2012-11-26 07:38 pm (UTC)
The default plural exceptions has "kine", which is an authentic (albeit archaic) english plural (perhaps technically it's a dual?) for "cow".

Anyway, I'm not bothered by that particular one, just... sad, somehow that pluralization of english words enters into the picture at all.
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[User Picture]From: jcreed
2012-11-26 07:40 pm (UTC)
hee hee ok well that *is* cute I cannot deny it.
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[User Picture]From: meshach
2012-11-27 04:41 pm (UTC)
If you want to learn about rails I highly recommend http://rebuilding-rails.com/. The author is one of my co-workers and he also helps teach classes at CMU West.
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