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September 9, 2014

Breaking up (with) your test suite.

by Justin Searls

In this day and age, we have a thousand ways and reasons to test our code. On it's face, this is great! But the sword is double-edged: when I open a test that I'm not familiar with, I have to determine why it exists from any of a thousand possible reasons. If I want to add my own tests, I must decide how to implement it from any of a thousand possible methods. The most immediate abstraction we have for wrangling the motivations and implementations of our tests is the "test suite". By cordoning off each group of tests based on the value we hope to get out of them, we can develop unprecedented clarity in our working relationship with tests. This talk is an example of how to do that. Hopefully, it's at just the level of detail you'll need to ponder how to apply a similar approach to your teams and applications.

Softcover & the Rails Tutorial

by Michael Hartl

This talk discusses Softcover, an open-source Ruby-based system for typesetting and publishing technical ebooks. We'll discuss the design of the core publishing system, which connects together a mix of Ruby gems, custom Ruby, and an underlying C++ parser to output high-quality ebooks. After a live demo of the ebook production system, we'll deploy the results to an integrated sales platform with a single command. We end with a discussion of how to use Softcover to build a product business based on the Ruby on Rails Tutorial model.