[ANN] new random_data gem for better development data

I’ve released a small gem that provides a Random singleton class with a
series of methods for generating random test data including names,
mailing addresses, dates, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and text.
This lets you quickly mock up realistic looking data for informal
testing.

Instead of:

foo.name = “John D.”

You get:

foo.name = “#{Random.firstname} #{Random.initial} #{Random.lastname}”
foo.name
=> “Miriam R. Xichuan”

The gem also includes code for phone numbers, e-mail addresses, physical
addresses, and (primitive) text generation.

For more details and full documentation, visit:
http://random-data.rubyforge.org/

-Mike

From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf
Of
Mike Subelsky
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 1:52 AM

http://random-data.rubyforge.org/

Wow! Really, really cool.

Two suggestions.

  1. I’d like to have it localized (to generate random Russian/Ukrainian
    names
    and realistic-looking addresses). I can do it myself, but it’ll require
    you
    to change internals to allow localizations?

  2. Literally yesterday I’ve also done something for “realistic looking”
    data, but in numbers and probabilities area (example with students):

if probable(0.7) # with 70% probability

student have done nearly 20 right answers

student.answer_count = (~20.0).to_i
else # with 30% probability

he have done nearly 10 right answers

student.answer_count = (~10.0).to_i
end

Here are two “tricky functions”:

probable(pct) returns true with pct probability (or calls block

provided)

def probable(pct)
happened = rand < pct
yield if happened && block_given?
return happened
end

Number#~ read is “nearly” and returns something like number ± 15%:

class Numeric
LEVEL = 0.3
def ~
self + self * rand(LEVEL) * LEVEL - self* LEVEL/2.0
end
end

I think, as my “magic” tend to be used in same circumstances as yours,
it
can be joined into the same gem.

V.

Victor,

Those are both great ideas. I’d love to incorporate both of them in the
gem; feel free to send me any patches at mike…at…subelsky.com.

The SVN repository is here:
svn checkout http://random-data.rubyforge.org/svn/trunk/

-Mike

Victor “Zverok” Shepelev wrote:

From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf
Of
Mike Subelsky
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 1:52 AM

http://random-data.rubyforge.org/

Wow! Really, really cool.

Two suggestions.

  1. I’d like to have it localized (to generate random Russian/Ukrainian
    names
    and realistic-looking addresses). I can do it myself, but it’ll require
    you
    to change internals to allow localizations?

  2. Literally yesterday I’ve also done something for “realistic looking”
    data, but in numbers and probabilities area (example with students):

if probable(0.7) # with 70% probability

student have done nearly 20 right answers

student.answer_count = (~20.0).to_i
else # with 30% probability

he have done nearly 10 right answers

student.answer_count = (~10.0).to_i
end

Here are two “tricky functions”:

probable(pct) returns true with pct probability (or calls block

provided)

def probable(pct)
happened = rand < pct
yield if happened && block_given?
return happened
end

Number#~ read is “nearly” and returns something like number ± 15%:

class Numeric
LEVEL = 0.3
def ~
self + self * rand(LEVEL) * LEVEL - self* LEVEL/2.0
end
end

I think, as my “magic” tend to be used in same circumstances as yours,
it
can be joined into the same gem.

V.

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