Welcome, I'm Marty Haught

I am a software architect/engineer working primarily with Ruby and Ruby on Rails in Longmont, Colorado. I provide software consulting through my company, Haught Codeworks.

Project READMEs

Posted by Marty Haught on Thursday, October 31, 2013

A practice that I have my projects follow is a self-guided README file. The concept is simple. The README should guide you through everything you’d need to do to get this app up and running on your local environment. It seems like an obvious must have on projects yet I’ve encountered several that don’t do this.

As I value efficient use of time, I find having everything I need to get an app up and running in easy steps is huge. As a consultant I end up running easily a dozen apps each year. This README saves me time and makes sure I didn’t forget any important steps. There’s nothing as frustrating as doing the normal rails setup steps only to find an app failing due to some unusual dependency or missing data. Having the README avoids this issue. It’s especially helpful if I haven’t run an app in a long time and just want to make sure I don’t need to redo any of the steps.

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RubyConf 2013 CFP and Diversity

Posted by Marty Haught on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The RubyConf 2013 program was partially announced yesterday and there was immediate fallout regarding the lack of women speakers. At first, there appeared to only be 2 women-led talks out of 44. Indeed this percentage is terrible and a step back from where we have been. At the same time there has been a lot of misunderstanding and jumping to conclusions that simply couldn’t be answered over Twitter. I’ve been terribly busy and traveling ever since this all came out and I finally have some time to take more than 5 minutes to respond.

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