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What Even is “Monkey Patching” in Ruby?

What is monkey patching? Why is it so prevalent in the ruby community? How can you “monkey patch” existing code?

“Monkey Patching” (or monkey-patching?) is normally met with skepticism in programming communities. However, some, like the Ruby community, found it to be a powerful tool for creating a “natural, but not simple” language, solving problems, and rapidly experimenting. Today, any Rails app relies heavily on patches to the point that Rails is often mistaken for Ruby.

This talk exposes people to monkey patching, with a focus on how it’s done in Ruby, and discusses a somewhat forgotten feature added to Ruby to make monkey-patching more sane. Of course, there is also a touch of philosophy regarding the power of languages and allowing programmers the ability to, if desired, completely rewrite the language itself.

 
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What is the InterPlanetary

File System?

And why use it?

 

The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) is a purely peer-to-peer, content-addressable alternative to the location-oriented, server-centric Hypertext Transfer Protocol.

In this talk we will go over what IPFS is and it’s pros and cons. IPFS builds upon ideas used in blockchains, more contemporary distributed systems like Git, and cryptography in general to create a secure, fully-distributed file system for hosting content.

Note: Given IPFS is in active development, the content of this talk may become outdated.