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Episode Info: The Ruby Blend - Episode 17 Welcome to The Ruby Blend! On today's episode, we have special guest, Brittany Martin, who is Lead Web Developer for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, where she is part of a team that develops the non-profits ticketing and festival web application and is also the host of the Ruby on Rails Podcast on the 5 by 5 Network. Brittany is here to tell us all about what she does, gem wrappers, and she is seeking some counsel from the guys today on various things. We talk about how important Readme's are, useful tools for documentations, a project from Evil Martians, a gem called Combustion, and RSpec API documentation is discussed. We end with Brittany telling us all about her passion for being in the Roller derby. Download this episode now! Sponsored by: Linode Panelists: Andrew Mason Nate Hopkins Ron Cooke Guests: Brittany Martin Show Notes: [00:01:51] We start here by Brittany telling us all about gem wrappers and what she's working on. She asks the guys if it makes sense to create an almost fake Rails app that she ships along with the certificate or ship beside it that shows a user how to use it? Andrew answers and mentions reading a lot of code from Vladimir, who goes by palkan, and Brittany mentions Piotr Murach, who wrote a great article about writing gem specs. [00:07:14] Brittany asks the guys if they ship their VCR cassette tapes with their code and do they find it useful or do they think that VCR cassette tapes should be ephemeral? [00:13:25] Nate tell us how he markets his open source repositories and when he has a new project that he is excited about, what kind of steps he takes. [00:15:13] Brittany asks the guys what does it feel like when you publish a library and people start opening issues with it? Is it a weird mix of joy and a little bit of panic or are you just excited overall? [00:17:27] Ron asks Nate if he has any advice on how to build that initial community and for getting those initial enthusiasts. Nate brings up a video from Derek Sivers about "How to start a movement." Great advice from Nate here and an awesome quote! [00:20:17] Andrew talks about setting up a Rails App, how important Readme's are, and he mentions a repo that he points to a lot called Awesome Readme's." He also mentions documentations have to be good, and he tells us resources to help with this, which is a project from Evil Martians, Read the Docs, and GitBook. [00:24:10] Brittany wants to know when do you outgrow your Readme and are all the tools that you offered better than using GitHub Wiki? Brittany mentions how she was stoked to get the Google Pay as the gem name. [00:28:15] With the example Rails project that Brittany wants to ship with the gem, she wonders if it should be part of the gem itself or should it be a separate repository? Andrew and Nate help out with this. [00:31:55] Andrew talks about if you're worried about hard to debug tickets, he created a reproduction template on how to quickly and easily rep...

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