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Managing Success: We made it, now we're screwed

Managing Success: We made it, now we're screwed

Life as a startup, whether a bootstrapped company or an experimental project within an enterprise, is hard. You have to struggle to earn success. Lean, pivots, minimal viable products, and other buzzwords all steps along this journey. The struggle makes the eventual success that much sweeter. But it can also lead to suboptimal code, confusing logic, and general friction to getting things done.

In this talk I'll discuss ways to identify areas of your Rails app improve and strategies for improving the quality over time. I'll share insights on managing several large Rails applications, the dangers of the single, monolithic, ball of mud Rails app, and what changes make the biggest impact.


July 01, 2012

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    are copies of the communication structures of these organizations. - Melvin Conway
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    hack # faster than SELECT COUNT(*) self.articles.select(:id).count end end
  3. <% if @course.available? && @course.self_enrollment && @course.open_enrollment && (!@course_enrollment ||

    !@course_enrollment.active?) && !session["role_course_#{@course.id}"] %> <%= render :partial => "join_course", :object => @course %> <% elsif @course_enrollment && @course_enrollment.self_enrolled && @course_enrollment.active? && (!session["role_course_#{@course.id}"]) %> <%= render :partial => "drop_course", :locals => { :course => @course, :enrollment => @course_enrollment } %> <% elsif temp_type = session["role_course_#{@course.id}"] %> <div> ... </div> <% end %>
  4. <% if can_join_course?(@course, @enrollment) %> <%= render :partial => "join_course",

    :object => @course %> <% elsif can_drop_course?(@course, @enrollment) %> <%= render :partial => "drop_course", :locals => { :course => @course, :enrollment => @course_enrollment } %> <% elsif temp_type = temp_permissions_to(@course) %> <div> ... </div> <% end %>
  5. module CourseHelper def can_join_course? course, enrollment course.available? && course.self_enrollment &&

    course.open_enrollment && (!enrollment || !enrollment.active?) && !temp_permissions_to(course) end def can_drop_course? course, enrollment enrollment && enrollment.self_enrolled && enrollment.active? && !temp_permissions_to(course) end def temp_permissions_to course session["role_course_#{course.id}"] end end
  6. <% if @presenter.can_join_course? %> <%= render :partial => "join_course", :object

    => @presenter.course %> <% elsif @presenter.can_drop_course? %> <%= render :partial => "drop_course", :locals => { :course => @presenter.course, :enrollment => @presenter.enrollment } %> <% elsif @presenter.temp_permissions %> <div> ... </div> <% end %>
  7. class CourseShowPresenter # this is a ViewModel, really attr_accessor :course,

    :enrollment, :current_user, :session def can_join_course? @course.available? && @course.self_enrollment && @course.open_enrollment && (!@enrollment || [email protected]?) && !temp_permissions end def can_drop_course? @enrollment && @enrollment.self_enrolled && @enrollment.active? && !temp_permissions end def temp_permissions @session["role_course_#{@course.id}"] end end
  8. “Underlying our approach to this subject is our conviction that

    “computer science” is not a science and that its significance has little to do with computers. ... The computer revolution is a revolution in the way we think and in the way we express what we think.
  9. ... we want to establish the idea that a computer

    language is not just a way of getting a computer to perform operations but rather that it is a novel formal medium for expressing ideas about methodology. Thus, programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.
  10. ... we believe that the essential material to be addressed

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  12. But in fact we need to focus on humans, on

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