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This Week's Ruby News - Issue 91

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Ruby Weekly - A Weekly Ruby Newsletter
Issue #91 - May 3, 2012


DHH's RailsConf 2012 Keynote (YouTube)

  DHH rails against conservatism, people who think about the newbies, and
  ex-hippies, while celebrating progress and getting the audience to chant "I
  will not fear change, I will not fight progress". "Stay hippie," he closes.

Spree 1.1 (Rails E-commerce Platform) Released

  Spree is a popular Rails-based e-commerce system and the 1.1.0 release
  brings support for Rails 3.2, an API overhaul, and more.

YARD 0.8 Released (Ruby Documentation Tool)

  YARD is the Angelina Jolie or Jason Seifer of Ruby documentation tools;
  elegant, well-presented, and aging well. 0.8 brings i18n support, a new
  'directives' system that can affect the behavior of the parser and your
  documentation and, of course, a 'lot more.'

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What Makes an Awesome Command-line Application?

  David Copeland, the author of Build Awesome Command-Line Applications with
  Ruby, shares some pointers to building good command line apps in Ruby.

Ruby HTTP Client Performance Shootout Redux

  Jonathan Rochkind puts several HTTP client libraries through their paces.
  Eric Hodel, author of net-http-persistent, gives the write up a thumbs up
  so that's good enough for me.

Code Spelunking in the All New Basecamp (37signals)

Exhibit vs Presenter

  Mike Pack explores the 'exhibit' and 'presenter' decorator patterns. And if
  all this sounds like buzzword bingo to you, this is a pretty accessible

A Vision for Cucumber 2.0

  Cucumber is a popular natural language accepting testing toolkit for Ruby
  and in this post Matt Wynne has collected together ideas from various
  Cucumber maintainers to see what's coming in Cucumber's future.

Schemaless SQL

  The slides from a talk from Railsconf 2012 by Heroku developer Will
  Leinweber who shows off some powerful new features in Postgresql for
  working with schemaless data as well as JSON datatypes and embedded

Meet 6 Misunderstood Ruby Features

  Targeting C++ developers who are learning Ruby, Arpan Sen looks at six
  areas of Ruby that might trip them up: class hierarchy, singleton methods,
  self, method_missing, exception handling, and threading. If you already
  know your stuff though, steer clear.

Libraries and Code

Focused Controller: Bringing Real OOP to Rails Controllers

  Jon Leighton notes that classical Rails controllers violate the Single
  Responsibility Principle (part of the SOLID group of OO programming
  principles). Focused Controller aims to resolve that by splitting up
  responsibilities into an object each. The usage example shows it off best.

Initial Queue Implementation on Edge Rails

  It seems Rails 4 is getting a built-in unified API for queueing! Enjoy this
  GitHub commit jam packed with comments and discussion on the development of
  this feature.

Sublime Text 2 Guard Plugin

  This project provides integration of Guard (a tool that handles and
  responds to events on file system modifications) into the Sublime Text 2
  editor. Handy if you want your tests to run automatically but then see the
  results directly in ST2.

Thor: Toolkit for Building Command Line Interfaces

  Thor is not a new tool but it has a new Web site so check it out. It makes
  an interesting alternative to Rake for certain use cases (although
  ultimately Rake and Thor should serve different purposes).

Firehose: Build Real-Time Web Applications

  Firehose is both a Rack application and JavasScript library that makes
  building scalable real-time web applications easy. You'll need to dig in a
  bit though as it's a little buzzwordy on the surface.

planet.rb: A Ruby Script for Building 'Planet' Style Aggregator Blogs

vimcolorscheme: Ruby DSL for Creating Vim Color Schemes


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