Author Archives: joanwolk

About joanwolk

3 things I like: theater, food, geekery. 3 things I don't like: clichés, blisters, coffee.

RVM and “[gem] not found” errors

tl,dr: If your gems aren’t being found, check that you’ve got a current Ruby in RVM. I had some fun tracking down why my installed gems were not being found today. I do my dev work in a virtual machine … Continue reading

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New vim line numbering options

I was at the fantastic CSSconf.eu on Friday, and one of the presentations include code in Vim with a line numbering setup that blew my mind. It showed the current line number as an absolute number, but showed all other lines … Continue reading

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IE9, JQuery/JavaScript, and broken select boxes

I hope nobody else has this problem, but just in case, here’s the thing I had to diagnose this afternoon: a few select boxes (those things that drop down a list of options and you choose one) were immediately closing … Continue reading

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Berlin Geekettes: Women in Tech panel, part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L53XYBGho2k

Oops! I was in such a hurry to post the video yesterday that I didn’t realize it was only the first half of the talk! Here’s part two.

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Berlin Geekettes: Women in Tech panel from Campus Party Europe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzOJ9ouPbLg

Here’s the video for the Berlin Geekettes panel I spoke on last Thursday at Campus Party. I hope the sound is ok; the acoustics of the space left something to be desired.

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I Am Rails (And So Can You!) at RuLu 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2KeHOtgUUk

I don’t know if the video from Campus Party Europe is up yet, but this from when I gave the same talk at RuLu in June.

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Ordering CSS pseudo-elements (and pseudo-classes)

Look out for the order you use CSS pseudo-elements in, or you may not get the results you want. Today, I found that using li:before:first-child doesn’t work to style the :before pseudo-element on my first li, but li:first-child:before does. Rather … Continue reading

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I’m amazed

Wow! I had no idea my talk would generate so much interest, and so much traffic to my blog! It’s really strengthened my resolve to write here regularly. I want to continue being a resource for budding programmers, and (dare … Continue reading

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How I taught myself to code and got a programming job in under a year

I gave a talk at Rails Girls Berlin today about how I learned to code all on my own and turned it into a job. There have been several requests already to see the slides, so I wanted to get … Continue reading

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Using cookies in RSpec tests

I spent way too long today figuring out why a test for my update method was failing. Short answer: RSpec cookies don’t play nicely with Rails 3 testing, or at least not with Rails 3.1.rc5. The relevant bits of the … Continue reading

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