Darren Coxall

The rantings of a Ruby developer

Starting Clojure

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I’ve been developing Ruby for years now and I love it but I’m getting too comfortable with it. I know as well as any good developer that it isn’t the best tool for every job. It’s my job to be able to build the right software the right way and that should include the language selection. So, time to take the plunge and learn another language from scratch.

Clojure basics

I selected Clojure because I find it interesting. There is something about its syntax that draws me too it. I’ve been enjoying Go recently thanks to how easily I can write multi-threaded applications and so Clojure is also a good choice with immutable data structures.

So first place was to the homepage. I checked out a few of the tutorials and resources and settled on Clojure from the ground up.

Cross Compiling Go Is Easy

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I have found myself spending ever increasing amounts of time developing in Go (golang). Not because I need to, but because it’s a refreshing change from my usual. One thing I was interested in however was simply getting my code to work almost anywhere which is harder with Go seeing as it needs a platform to target.

Learning Ruby: Everything Is an Object

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The first thing to learn about Ruby is that everything is an object. The best way to make use of the languages features are to develop in an Object-Orientated way. This being the first article in many about learning Ruby, I will walk you through classes and objects. Ready?

Getting to Know Go (Golang)

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Being ever on the lookout for cool technologies, I stumbled upon the wonderful new languageGo’. Developed by Google as a means of combatting the flaws and shortcomings of current languages such as Java and C++ when it comes to highly concurrent requirements.

Boxen and My Experience

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Boxen is a new tool that allows new Macs to be quickly set-up using the same technologies that sysops have become accustomed to, Puppet. Now Puppet has it’s own language to define what actions are executed on target machine. It was originally developed to help prepare cloud servers for easier management/deployment.