Forecasting the Weather in Ruby

I’ve just finished my first month of the three-month SkillCrush Ruby on Rails blueprint. That means that I’ve just finished learning the rudiments of Ruby and Git—next month we’ll move on to simple Ruby web frameworks, before rounding out month three with an immersion into Ruby on Rails.

As my capstone project for this first month, I’ve written code that asks you for your zip code, and—using the Yahoo Weatherman gem—tells you the weather conditions, high, and low for the next five days. It’s not the most exciting app in the world (what learning-to-code project is?), but it’s more code—and specifically more Ruby—than I would have ever thought I could write this time last year.

Check out the weather forecast script on Github.

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UserConf Portland 2015: In Defense of Tiny Data

A few months ago, I had the incredible good fortune to speak at UserConf Portland 2015, a conference dedicated to customer service and customer support. I spoke on the Tiny Data, based on my blog post about the same. I’ve uploaded the presentation so that anyone who’d like to see it can watch:

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