[rspec-users] RSpec makes me want to write better code

Dan North tastapod at gmail.com
Tue Sep 30 09:09:21 EDT 2008


We do have pixies! They do all the "magic" stuff.

How else do you think it happens?

;)


2008/9/27 aslak hellesoy <aslak.hellesoy at gmail.com>

> On Sat, Sep 27, 2008 at 10:32 PM, David Chelimsky <dchelimsky at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > On Sat, Sep 27, 2008 at 2:29 PM, Mark Wilden <mark at mwilden.com> wrote:
> >> On Sat, Sep 27, 2008 at 11:26 AM, Dan North <tastapod at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >>> It seems these conversations come up time and again because Rails
> >>> overloads the idea of "model". In a Rails app the model serves as both
> your
> >>> domain model and your persistence strategy, because of the coupling
> inherent
> >>> in the Active Record pattern.
> >>
> >> Interesting. This coupling actually brought me to one of my first
> "a-ha!"
> >> moment in Rails (similar to when I first learned about the ++ operator
> in
> >> C). Finally, I thought, I don't have to do anything to set up the
> >> butt-simple relationships between models and tables that are found (as
> you
> >> say) in 90% of web apps (and other applications, too). Rails allows
> models
> >> as complicated as you want, and it also allows you to do work in the
> >> database when you need to (I know "find_by_sql" is a dirty word, but it
> >> allows me to perform pivots on multiple tables of millions of rows,
> where AR
> >> simply could not handle the SQL). But it makes the overwhelmingly common
> >> case simple, and I like that.
> >> So I've found that this model-db coupling to be a powerful feature of
> Rails.
> >> I know it's saved me a lot of work, because I've had to do it manually
> so
> >> many other times in the last 25 years. If it's not sufficient or
> appropriate
> >> in any particular case, I don't have to use it.
> >> I know this view puts me on the wrong side of the contest you speak of
> >> (which I frankly didn't even know I'd entered). And yes, using Rails the
> way
> >> I (and many others) do involves trade-offs. But the one trade-off it
> doesn't
> >> require is with TSTTCPW, which is the guiding philosophy in everything I
> do.
> >> I guess this makes me an AR pixie. :)
> >
> > I *think* Dan means underlying magic code when he uses the word pixie.
> >
>
> Dan always says pixies for stuff he doesn't understand. They don't
> have pixies in England I think.
>
> Aslak
>
> >> ///ark
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