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Dax Murray

Book reviews, coding thoughts, feminist rants, and occasional cats.

Review: Alcestis by Katharine Beutner


Alcestis was recommended to me at the beginning of the year. I eagerly bought it and put it in my to-read pile. I got about 10% into it and just didn't see where it was going. I put it down for a bit to try something else. Yesterday I decided "No, I have to finish this." I have a whole list of books I want to read and review this year, and my complacency in continuing to plough through re-reads...

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In Which I Use PhotoFeeler to Find the Best Pic, Instead Find Sexism


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Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer


I did a brief review of the Lunar Chronicles in my post about my unintentional year of not reading men. As you may recall, I'm purposefully not reading men this year. This is becoming difficult as I get more into the tech field and I want to read some "pinnacle" books. So far I've been immersing myself in Sandi Metz's Practical Object Oriented Design in Ruby, and stalling on coming to a decision...

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Using Databases!


If you are trying to run an application, you will probably need to store data somewhere. A database helps you do this. If you've used a computer with Microsoft Office on it, you might have some passing familiarity with Excel. Excel is a database that has a graphical user interface, and can do some of it's own programming. You might have used it to create tables, or to balance your budget. If you...

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Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman


[Note: possible spoilers for Seraphina]

My friend Liz has been recommending _Seraphina _by Rachel Hartman for some time now, and it’s just been sitting on my kindle waiting to be read. So I decided to make it the first book of 2015! For those who don’t want spoilers, I will say that I didn’t feel it lived up to the hype, or its own potential.  The start of the book had some nice world building...

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So what's the big deal about object oriented programming?


There are multiple approaches to writing code. Functional, procedural, and object-oriented are three of the most common. If you are learning Ruby, you need to know about object oriented programming. The previous posts all included examples of procedural code. Procedural code is code that runs line by line and does one task at a time, each task building on the other. This is fine for smaller programs...

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There's a method for that!


Sorry for the long pause in the coding related content! The reason is that I moved my blog from wordpress.com to self-hosted and running on wordpress.org.  The move has allowed for a lot more customization and a lot more control over my content, including the ability to create my own themes. I'm still using my old one while I design the new theme, but be on the lookout!

For those of you unfamiliar...

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A year in not reading men


I accidentally (no, really) didn't read any works of fiction by a single man this year. Some of those books were awful/hilarious, some of them were really good. I already blogged about the absolute most irritating book I read in 2014 (here), but here are some of the highlights, in no particular order!

The Lunar Chronicles (Cinders, Scarlet, Cress) -  - Marissa Meyer - This is candy, but it's...

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Build Another Pyramid with Ruby


This past week in coding I got my cat bot up to github! You can now make your very own cat bot! I tried to make it as accessible as possible to the non-programmer as possible. Please let me know in some form if you have questions or comments! I guess, if you really wanted to, for some reason I cannot fathom, wanted to make a bunny bot or a dog bot or a ferret bot. I don't know, I guess you could...

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Day Two At General Assembly: Learning Git and Github


Today in my Back-End Web Development course we went over git, github, and loops in ruby.

Again, this was mostly review for me, except for the github part. Treehouse has a pretty good course on version control and git, and skims over github. I knew I had to have one, and that I could store stuff there, and other people could contribute, but there was a lot of finer details that were lost on me.

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