Conference Talks You Should Be Watching

Thanks to the guys from Confreaks, there’s a whole bunch of video material from conferences for the rest of us to enjoy. I’ve been watching quite a few recently, so here’s some recommendations of talks I found interesting.

ActiveRecord’s Callbacks Ruined My Life

Recently I’ve been having a foul taste in my mouth, or just a bad feeling, if you will. Whenever I started adding validations and callbacks to a model in a Rails application. It just felt wrong. It felt like I’m adding code that shouldn’t be there, that makes everything a lot more complicated, and turns explicit into implicit code. Code that is only being run depending on the persistence state of an object. Code that is being hard to test, because you need to save an object to test parts of your business logic. Don’t get me started on observers, I never was a fan of them. Putting stuff that should be run when an object was saved elsewhere is the worst kind of hiding business logic.

Notes on MongoDB

For an article in a German magazine I’ve been researching MongoDB over the last week or so. While I didn’t need a lot of the information I came across I collected some nicely distilled notes on some of its inner workings. You won’t find information on how to get data out of or into MongoDB. The notes deal with the way MongoDB treats and handles your data, a high-low-level view if you will. I tried to keep them as objective as possible, but I added some commentary below.

NoSQL And You - Thoughts On Finding Right Partner In Chrime

The NoSQL landscape is a fickle thing, new tools popping up every week, broadening a spectrum that’s already close to being ungraspable, especially when you’re totally new to the whole thing. There’s a couple of common misconceptions and wrong-doings that people who’ve been playing with the tools already tend to tell newbies in the landscape.