To kneel in a circle with others and pleasure oneself. Also refers to a pompous, self-congratulatory discussion where little to no progress is made.
1. “I just walked in on a circlejerk yesterday; it was terrible!”
2. “Did you catch that board meeting? Man, what a circlejerk!”
If you read my blog you should know by now that I am a big fan of reddit.com. There is a sub-reddit called r/circlejerk it not the most popular of sub-reddits but it is one of my favorites.
“Herp Derp: Hey… aren’t you doing the same thing?”
Yep! I bet my girlfriend this would make the front page.
.NET went through a similar movement not long ago called ALT.NET. To make a long story short, a lot of passionate, opinionated .NET developers started a bunch of blog posts, rants, and conferences trying to convince the “mainstream” .NET community that the Microsoft way was wrong and things like agile, IoC, TDD, and SOLID were the right way. We all know how the story ends, you guessed it a gigantic circlejerk. Why? Because much like r/circlejerk most of the people reading/writing the post are just in an echo chamber. The mainstream doesn’t care… They want more drag and drop fail sauce that’s even worse than ActiveRecord.
Don’t think you are immune Rails developers! Guess what Rails is more popular than ever and soon there is going to be a lot of “mainstream” Rails developers that just plain don’t care. Don’t let that be you! Don’t let it become a huge circlejerk called ALT.rb. Principles do matter.
I’ve got confidence that Rails will actually get better because of this, you’ve got guys like this
And sadly .NET’s got this guy
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