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Function signatures are a huge part of expressing ideas and systems through code. A language (or a programmer) can empower or impede your ability flow in and out of a codebase with joy and cognitive bliss.

When languages like C first came out, function definitions looked all the same. You give a function a name and an ordered lists of arguments with their corresponding types. Every one of these arguments is required to fulfill this wonderful contract we created.

Languages remained this way for some time due to, what I believe is, the prevalence of Object Oriented Programming and Design. OOP gave software designers the ability to reduce the arguments passed back and forth via function by throwing state on our objects. So instead of passing firstName and lastName to fullName(firstName, lastName), we were able to call something like this.firstName

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Is Rails viable in 2020? What is the best way to use it for a modern monolith?

Rails is better than ever to build new projects with, it has always done an amazing job at developer experience through its generators and getting right into coding your app instead of building config for weeks to wire up your bespoke solution for another web application.

One area it has started to accelerate over the last few years has been the front end experience. It has taken a while to get right but it has become quite awesome and follows suit with the rest of “the Rails way”, which is something like: “get all of the decisions that don’t matter to this project out of my way so we can get to coding our app.” …

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So you want to integrate your Box folders and files with your Ruby on Rails applications. There are a ton of reasons you might want to do this, but I am pretty sure if you landed here you might have an idea about why you are.

The Box.com API is fairly large and has a lot of amazing docs, but it can be difficult to figure out where to start or how you might use it to do things like, create folders from your Rails app or display files from a folder in your App’s UI.

In this post we will…


Kory Tegman

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