The command pattern is another one of those patterns that we all (whether we realize it or not) see almost every day. It’s commonly used in UI development but it’s a pattern that can be applied in many situations. In rails, ActiveRecord migrations are a perfect example of a command implementation, including “up” and “down”
Continuing our exploration of design patterns in Ruby and C#, we’re going to dive into the Iterator pattern. Like most design patterns, if you google (or bing) for an example you will run into several different implementations because there are many ways to iterate a collection of objects. In it’s classic (well, classing in the
In the last post of the series, we took a look at the Observer pattern. This time we're going to explore the Composite pattern. The Composite pattern gives us the ability to take a complex procedure that may involve many steps and turn it into something that is simple for consumers to use. The classic
Continuing our comparison of design patterns in Ruby and C#, we’re taking a look at the Observer pattern. With this pattern, we have a subject and a list of observers that are interested in knowing when changes occur on the subject. This happens in a push model, the subject maintains the list observers and notifies
In the previous post of this series, we looked at how the Template pattern is implemented in both Ruby and C#. In this post, we’ll take a look at the Strategy pattern…one of my favorites. In it’s classic form, the Strategy pattern consists of a context class and various "strategies" which share a common interface.
Most of my career has been in .Net development and I’m pretty comfortable applying design patterns in C#, but as I’m learning Ruby, I was finding it difficult to figure out how to implement them without creating awkward, hard-to-read code. Recently a local Ruby guru, Nate Klaiber, recommended that I pick up the book Design
Recently I started working through EdgeCase’s Ruby Koans project as a way to become familiar with the Ruby language. The Koans are a set of unit tests that you need to make pass in order to move on to the next step. In making them pass, you learn about the syntax of the Ruby language
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I recently finished rebuilding an Ubuntu virtual machine specifically for poking around with Ruby on Rails and it turned out to be quite a learning experience for a guy who has spent the majority of his developer lifetime in windows based systems. I decided to go with an Ubuntu virtual machine due to some of