04 May '12, 2am

Mechanics of Programming

drbrain | Fri, 04 May 2012 00:57:28 GMT Posted in Misc I sat down with Elise Worthy at RailsConf to pair with her on a Rails application that used the Wunderground API to retrieve the weather for multiple cities. If you don't know Elise, she's a Hungry Academy student formerly of Seattle. You can read about how she built her app on the Hungry Academy Blog . Since Elise is new to programming, pairing with her made me think about how I work on small tasks when implementing a larger feature. When I first sat down, Elise had a class to retrieve the weather for Washington D.C., a controller and a view to display it. Our task was to add a search box so you could show the weather for any ZIP code in addition to Washington D.C. By implementing weather for a fixed city first Elise had followed the most difficult lesson for me to learn, only implement one idea, or story, at a time. ...

Full article: http://blog.segment7.net/2012/05/03/mechanics-of-programming

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