Clean code, pragmatic code, confident code, beautiful code. There are many coding ideals worth pursuing. I want to talk about joyful code---those techniques and idioms that surprise and delight us with unexpected elegance.
I got into Ruby because writing it made me happy, and after all these years it still finds ways to make me grin. Join me for a random walk through the Ruby language and standard library, stopping in to visit some of my favorite tools, hacks and implementation patterns. Some you may know. Others, more obscure. My goal: to rekindle in you the joy of code, to inspire you to share that joy with your peers and with the next generation of developers, and most importantly, to bring a smile to your face!
Avdi Grimm has been hacking Ruby code for over 10 years, and is still loving it. He is chief aeronaut at ShipRise, head chef at RubyTapas.com, and a Ruby Rogue. He lives in southern Pennsylvania with his wife and five children, and in his copious spare time blogs and podcasts at Virtuous Code and Wide Teams.