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Ruby Weekly - A Weekly Ruby Newsletter
Issue #87 - April 5, 2012
From the Editor's Desk..
Welcome to issue 87 of Ruby Weekly! Well I warned last week's Ruby Weekly
might not turn up and.. it didn't ;-) I was in the middle of some pretty
intense travel but I'm back home now. Thanks for your patience.
Matz Wins FSF's 2011 Award for the Advancement of Free Software
Free Software Foundation president Richard M. Stallman announced the
winners of the FSF's annual free software awards recently with Ruby's own
Yukihiro 'Matz' Matsumoto picking up the Award for the Advancement of Free
Software. He joins a short list of open source heroes including Alan Cox,
Larry Wall, and Guido van Rossum.
Released: 'The Rails View' by John Athayde and Bruce Williams
Working in Rails' view layer can be tricky with brittle, complex views all
too easy to rustle up. This book digs into strategies and approaches for
upping your Rails view game and breaking free from tangles of logic and
markup in your views. Two thumbs up.
Ruby Language Accepted As An International Standard by ISO
Dalla Rosa noticed a press release from Japan's IT Promotion Agency which
notes that the long awaited Ruby specification (not to be confused with
RubySpec) has been approved by the International Standards Organization as
the ISO/IEC 30170 standard.
Rails 3.2.3 Released
The usual laundry list of minor changes but the biggest deal here is the
default value of 'config.active_record.whitelist_attributes' becomes
'true', inspired by the recent GitHub mass assignment issue. Note that the
change only affects newly generated apps but you can learn more in this
Yehuda Katz Raises $40k for 'rails.app', an OS X Rails Environment Installer
Just a week ago Yehuda Katz (well known as the lead architect behind Rails
3) launched a campaign to raise $25k to build a Ruby and Rails environment
installer for OS X. It has now gone on to raise over $40k but left some in
the community wondering quite what was really needed.
Rails Drama: Reverting 'Return an actual boolean from xml_http_request?'
A revert was made to Rails which took the xml_http_request? from returning
true/false to returning a value that's 'true or false in the Ruby
definition of the words.' This turned into the big Ruby drama du jour. My
take? It ranks up there with the most bizarre commits to Rails but there
Exploring Ruby's Regular Expression Algorithm
Pat Shaughnessy, Ruby implementation spelunker extraordinaire, digs into
Oniguruma, the regular expression engine used by MRI Ruby 1.9. What does it
do and how does it process your regexes?
Why You Should Be Excited About Garbage Collection in Ruby 2.0
Could it be Pat Shaughnessy again? Yes, sirree. Here he digs into the
'bitmap marking' garbage collection algorithm that promises to reduce
Ruby's memory consumption in Ruby 2.0.
Using MiniTest::Spec With Rails
Ken Collins has been working on minitest-spec-rails, a gem that makes it
reasonably trivial to use MiniTest::Spec (part of the Ruby 1.9 stdlib) with
Rails. Learn how here. Ignore the date on this article, it was just
Building Backbone.js Apps With Ruby, Sinatra, MongoDB and Haml
An extensive tutorial by Addy Osmani on building a Backbone.js at both the
front and back ends. The server side part is powered by Ruby's light but
powerful webapp DSL Sinatra.
Running JRuby on Heroku
Zero to Jekyll in 20 Minutes
Jonathan Jackson explains how to use the popular Jekyll blog-focused static
Web site generator from scratch.
Building and Implementing a Single Sign-On Solution
What Would Happen If You Ran 'bundle update' Right Now?
Is there a bundle command to tell you what would be updated with bundle
update, without actually making those updates? With Bundler 1.1.. yes there
Watching and Listening
RailsCasts on Copycopter
Copycopter provides an interface that clients can use to edit the text in a
Rails application. Learn how to deploy a Copycopter server using Heroku and
integrate it in a Rails application through I18n.
Building a Ruby Gem - A Tech Talk
A 17 minute screencast walking through building a Ruby gem from scratch
using Bundler and RSpec.
PeepCode Play by Play: Jim Weirich
PeepCode continues its Play by Play screencast series with Jim Weirich, the
author of the ubiquitous Rake build tool for Ruby and chief scientist at
EdgeCase. Want a view over an experienced Rubyist's shoulder? This is a
good place to go.
Don't Fear The Threads: Simplify Your Life with JRuby
An epic 161 slide slide-deck by David Copeland, focused on threading and
Libraries and Code
Weary: Framework and DSL for Building RESTful Web Service Clients
Mark Wunsch's Weary is a suite of tools built around the Rack ecosystem
that makes it both easy to build elegant clients for (ideally RESTful) Web
debugger: Port of ruby-debug That Works on 1.9.2 and 1.9.3
store_configurable: A Hash for Config Options on ActiveRecord Objects
A zero-configuration recursive hash for storing a tree of options in a
serialized ActiveRecord column.
Proffer: Hide Instance Variables from Rails Views by Default
S3itch: Amazon S3 WebDAV Proxy for Skitch
Popular OS X screenshot tool Skitch is dropping its native file sharing
component so Mathias Meyer has built a Sinatra-based proxy that can accept
files over WebDAV and then upload them to S3.
rankable_graph: A Ruby PageRank-Like Implementation
Ruby Developer at Decisiv, Inc. [Remote working OK]
Mid-Senior Ruby Software Engineers at FreeAgent [Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Remote poss)]
Last but not least..
Cloudinary: Image Manipulation in the Cloud
A lot of webapp developers seem sick of installing things like ImageMagic
to do image cropping and scaling. Cloudinary adds another solution. It's a
commercial service but makes it easy to do image manipulations via URLs.
Heroku Add-ons Catalog
There are lots of add-ons for the Heroku cloud hosting service nowadays but
Ivan Schneider thought they were hard to scan through, merely being in an
alphabetical list, so he built a different way to browse them.
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