Is it just me, or do other Rubyists find it difficult to remember what a
whimsically named module or plug-in was called that they saw on this or
some other forum just last week. I’ve only been into Ruby for a few
months now, and in that time I’ve seen probably a hundred announcements
for cool new code that I can drop into my projects to do cool new things
that otherwise would not have been worth the trouble…
…I’ve also, a few hundred times, seen an announcement a few days or
weeks later announcing the next version of something I’ve heard of
before, and had absolutely no faintest recollection of what said module
or plugin does.
Just to name a few in no particular order:
Juggernaut, Capistrano, ferret, Mongoose, Curses, RMajic, Selenium,
BlueCloth, ozimodo, Mechanize,Korundum, Nitro, Mongrel
You get the idea. How is one supposed to remember these names long
enough to find a use for said jewel and become more familiar with it.
Instead, one finds a use for something he’s seen before and finds it
nearly impossible to find the module again due to the cleverly disguised
name chosen by it’s author.
There are a zillion examples of things that are better named, like the
“acts_as_authenticated” plugin I’m looking at now. It may not seem very
original, but I can sure find it when I need it.
Just food for thought for the many great people cooking up the next
batch of great stuff to plug in to my projects…
thanks for listening,