10 Oct '12, 6pm

There is a reason I haven't covered state machines in RailsCasts, I think they are overused. See my comment here:

I don’t find this post a very persuasive sell for state machines (although I realize the example was designed to be short and easily digestible). There are times when I look at a code base and think “oh good, we’re using XYZ technique, that’ll go smoothly.” I have literally never had a thought like that for a state machine. I’ve written graphics code, music code, web apps, one very messy desktop app, and lots of random shit, and I’ve never written my own state machine or used any state machine library of my own free will. I’ve read many of the classics of programming, although definitely not all, and I really couldn’t even tell you what the point of a state machine is. I didn’t even realize it until now, but I categorized state machines under “things I will never need to give a shit about” a very long time ago, and since then I have built an entire career in programming, s...

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