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TDD for Your Soul: Virtue and Web Development by Abraham Sangha

Recorded April 01, 2014 at ChicagoRuby: Downtown

As a new Ruby developer, Abraham expected to be challenged intellectually as he dove into algorithms, data structures, and object-oriented design, but he was disturbed to realize that coding, especially in an Agile workflow, actually challenged him personally. Web development pushes us to our limits, not only of cognition, but of character. Character has been discussed by moral philosophers such as Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas using the framework of the cardinal virtues: courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom. We will consider how these virtues apply to our experiences as developers, and how we can grow not only as coders, but as human beings.

About Abraham Sangha

Abraham Sangha is a web developer via Dev Bootcamp Chicago. He has spent the last six months diving into service-oriented architecture and RESTful APIs with technologies such as Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, and Solr. He is a former civil engineer and minister who wishes he could freestyle rap well. He studied virtue in graduate school but lays expert claim to none of them, and his first program was a choose-your-own-adventure game written during algebra class on a TI-82 graphing calculator.

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