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This Week's Ruby News - Issue 102

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Ruby Weekly - A Weekly Ruby Newsletter
Issue #102 - July 19, 2012

From the Editor's Desk..

Welcome to issue 102. I'm busy preparing for the next run of Ruby Reloaded,
my online Ruby course aimed at intermediate Rubyists. 6 seats remain with 6
days till it starts - check it out! Other than that.. here we go with the
week's best :-) - Peter.


Now In Print: 'Deploying Rails' by Tom Copeland and Tony Burns

  Make sure your next production deployment goes smoothly with this hands-on
  book, which guides you through the entire production process. Dives into
  Puppet, Capistrano, Vagrant, Nagios, Ganglia, and all that sort of devops-y

RubyMine 4.5 Released: JetBrains' Commercial Ruby IDE

  RubyMine 4.5 introduces suport for formatting and code insight for Slim and
  Sass, MacRuby syntax highlighting, Capistrano deployment support, extra
  Sinatra integration, and more. It's a commercial IDE but the one I've heard
  the most good things about.

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Rails, Objects, Tests, and Other UsefulĀ Things

  Noel Rappin reflects on the various 'Object-Oriented Rails' and 'fast
  tests' discussions going around the Ruby world as of late.

Why I Don't Like factory_girl

  This post won't be without controversy but Steve Klabnik outlines why he
  thinks the convenience of factories has 'set Rails testing strategies and
  software design back two years.' Worth a read even if you disagree.

Advanced Caching in Rails: Revised (for 2012)

  Adam Hawkins has recently updated his series of Rails caching posts. It
  aims to teach you everything you need to know to work with any different
  caching level inside your Rails app.

Zendesk's Road to Ruby 1.9

  Zendesk is a popular help desk app and their dev team explains how their
  Ruby 1.9 upgrade project went. The end result? A 2-3x improvement in
  response time for their app.

Getting Extra Permissions from Facebook when using Devise and Omniauth

Installing ruby-debug19 for Ruby 1.9.3 on Windows

Installing Ruby 1.9.3 on OS X Without Xcode or GCC

Processing Images with CarrierWave

  An entry level tutorial to managing uploaded files in a Rails app using

Ruby Debug Cheat Sheet [PNG image]

Refactoring with Hexagonal Rails

Watching and Listening

PeepCode's Rails 3 Play by Play with Yehuda Katz

  PeepCode has released the latest in their 'look over a developer's
  shoulder' screencast series, this time focusing on Yehuda Katz (of Rails 3
  fame). In an 80 minute session, he builds the backend for a scoring system
  using Rails 3.

Five Things You Didn't Know Your Documentation Tool Could Do

  Loren Segal, the creator of Ruby documentation tool YARD, looks at some of
  YARD's lesser known features and shows off ways to visualize your code, get
  basic code metrics, and ensure overall quality in your documentation.

The Well Grounded Nuby

  At Boston Ruby Group recently, David A Black (of Well Grounded Rubyist
  fame) gave a talk about getting the fundamentals of Ruby right.

Sidekiq (RailsCasts)

  Sidekiq allows you to move jobs into the background for asynchronous
  processing. It uses threads instead of forks so it's more memory efficient
  than, say, Resque.

Your Face in 10 Minutes... with MacRuby!

  At GoRuCo 2012, Haris Amin gave a 10 minute lightning talk about creating a
  desktop Mac face detection/recognition app with MacRuby. Links to code,
  slides, and the Vimeo video within.

Libraries and Code

Clear Eyes: Automatic Retina Image Handling for Rails 3.1+

Axlsx: Office Open XML Spreadsheet Generation Library

  Complete xlsx generation with support for charts, images, automated column
  width, customizable styles and full schema validation.

Hovercraft: Generate a RESTful API from a Directory of ActiveRecord Models

Rails Apps Composer: Create and Maintain Starter Apps and App Templates


Happy (Ruby) Web Developer (London, UK)

  We sell expensive stuff to investment bankers. We run on Ruby. We enjoy
  using the best tools and technologies available. If you want to be a happy
  programmer (and join us on our summer trip to Ibiza), get started by
  solving our quiz.

Senior Ruby on Rails Developer (Cologne, Germany)

  "Ich will nicht nach Berlin!"- simfy cologne is looking for talented Ruby
  on Rails backend developers. You feel at home with large Rails enterprise
  applications? Join simfy - one of the world's leading music streaming
  services - and put our visions to life.

Senior Ruby Developer (Cambridge, MA)

  Litmus, the e-mail testing and analytics company, offers a great salary,
  full health care benefits, 28 days paid vacation, beer fridge and Sonos
  sound system. They'll also buy you lunch every day.

Last but not least..

MiniProfiler: A New Profiler for Ruby

  MiniProfiler is a production and development profiler that you can use to
  quickly isolate performance bottlenecks, both on the server and client.
  This post demonstrates how it works.


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