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Chris Arcand


Senior engineer building Terraform at HashiCorp 👨‍💻 Formerly: Red Hat, NBC SportsEngine. RubyMN organizer. OSS, distributed teams, and keyboards. I make pointless connections to Minnesota as a Minnesotan does

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  1. Vim's new :cdo command

    Vim's new :cdo command offers new flexibility with your quickfix list. One such example is a near-native way to do project-wide find-and-replace operations. [READ MORE]


  2. Inline scoped Ruby methods with Ctags

    Adding Ctags support for Ruby 2.1's inline scoped method definitions [READ MORE]


  3. Oliver Sacks dies at 82

    World renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks died yesterday. Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and acclaimed author who explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” using his patients’ disorders as starting points for eloquent meditations on consciousness and the human condition, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82. “Oliver Sacks, doctor of ‘Awakenings’ and poet laureate of medicine, dies at 82” by the New York Times If you haven’t read Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain you need to go pick up... [READ MORE]


  4. Memoized helpers and before hooks in RSpec

    A quick overview of the similarities and differences between memoized helpers and before hooks in RSpec. [READ MORE]


  5. Null Coalescing Operators and Ruby's Conditional Assignments

    Ruby doesn't have a true null coalescing operator, so don't write something like it does. [READ MORE]


  6. Dunbar's Number and Working Better with Those We Actually Know

    Blake Fitzgerald’s fantastic observations on Dunbar’s Number and how the naturally strong cohesion between your organization’s employees can live or die based on the organization’s reaction to passing this threshold. Makes me think of Spotify’s explanation of Autonomous Squads, as well as their approach to organization management overall, in their Spotify Engineering Culture videos. Dunbar’s Number and Working Better with Those We Actually Know by Blake Fitzgerald [READ MORE]