This Week I Learned - 2016 Week 21

Write-up for last week or you might want to read the whole series.

My time with Rails is up. This sure brings back the memory of Zed Shaw's infamous rant post, Rails is a Ghetto. I think the author major issue is Ruby on Rails tight coupling architecture. I can understand why he prefers building web application from a bunch of independent libraries (more like Unix's philosophy of 'Do One Thing and Do It Well' approach). This is Gartner's Hype Cycle at work here and this excellent reply provides another point of view and suggestions. What's next in Ruby land if you want to build a web application but not using Rails? Traiblazer, Hanami, ROM, and dry-rb. One good thing the came out from all the Rails hype was that more developers were made aware of PostgreSQL instead of the default MySQL.

How I Vim. Interviews of Vim's user on how they customized and use Vim. Due to the recent changes in life, I've been evaluating Sublime Text and have a different perspective and understanding on why this editor was popular among non-Unix users. There is nothing unique about Sublime Text that both Vim or Emacs can't reproduce. The only things missing in both these legacy editors is good sensible default. For examples, searching multiple files or jumping through definitions without resorting to external plugins and customization.

Remember that you always search for "asdfasdksfdasdf" just to clear the highlighted search results, even after restarting the Vim? There is a way, although still manual, to toggle off the highlighted search. This is coming from :best of Vim.
nnoremap  / :nohlsearch

Again, another unsolved Vim's customization cleared today! Auto-reload your '.vimrc' file upon saving.
augroup reload_vimrc
    autocmd BufWritePost $MYVIMRC source $MYVIMRC
augroup END

The machine is acting up again and I can't get anything much done today. Most probably it has reaches its end of life. Maybe is time to get a new machine instead.

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