JR

Be cool

18/11/2013

Full disclosure I am one of the core team for the popular RSpec testing tool. I feel that I and the rest of the team, Myron Marston, Sam Phippen, Xavier Shay, Bradley Schaefer and David Chelimsky are pretty approachable when it comes to sorting issues and fixing bugs. We can be found on Github, Twitter, IRC, by mailing list or even via direct email.

Today I came across an article [1] written by a fellow Ruby developer, in it the author has an issue with RSpec, not in itself unusual, but what irked me was the attitude of the developer. I’m no stranger to listening to people who are annoyed or frustrated with something that doesn’t work, or perhaps just doesn’t function how they would like. I try my best to explain, to discuss or engage and help people, so when someone just straight away turns to venting on a public platform with no interest in actually solving their problem it rubs me the wrong way. As far as I know there has never been a report of this issue, neither via Github or other means of contact, so the developer has suffered from this issue enough to write a ranting blog post, but has never put the modest amount of effort required to open an issue and help us fix this?

Naturally wanting to help I tried to replicate[2] the symptoms of our troubled friend but using the samples shown on the post hasn’t resulted in the same set of failures in either our current release version 2.14 and pre-release 3.0.0.beta1. I’ve attempted to reach out to the developer (via twitter), so we’ll see how that goes. If anyone else can replicate it I’d love to here from you, but in the mean time…

An open plea…

When you experience an issue with an open source project, don’t just ignore it; or rage quit and rant on your blog, instead please remember that behind that project are people. People who probably work hard on that project and are not necessarily paid for their contributions; people who are probably willing to help you, or at least will be grateful for your help in reporting the problem so they can fix it for others.

So please report issues, preferably with the minimal amount of code required to reproduce the issue and with the minimal amount of dependencies. Every piece of complexity adds more stones to turn to uncover the source of the problem, but generally speaking if you can produce an executable test case for an issue people will work to fix it. As soon as you can see a problem happening it’s easier to fix.

Oh and for the record I have no problem with people choosing to use other tools that better suit their needs, and frequently get to ‘light heartedly’ debate this with Ruby developers at the local Sydney Ruby meetups, but I do resent it when people do so with brash language and hating on other peoples work.

Be cool man.

#1 http://ilyabylich.svbtle.com/rspec-is-not-so-cool
#2 https://gist.github.com/JonRowe/69e6371ac83165d1bbe1