Rake-compiler 0.3.0 Released

rake-compiler version 0.3.0 has been released!

= rake-compiler

rake-compiler aims to help Gem developers while dealing with Ruby C
extensions, simplifiying the code and reducing the duplication.

It follows convention over configuration and set an standarized
structure to build and package C extensions in your gems.

This is the result of expriences dealing with several Gems that required
native extensions across platforms and different user configurations
where details like portability and clarity of code were lacking.

== An Overview

Let’s summarize what rake-compiler provides:

  • No custom rake tasks required. Less code duplication and errors.

  • Painlessly build extensions on different platforms (Linux, OSX and

  • Allow multiple extensions be compiled inside the same gem.

  • Mimics RubyGems installation process, so helps as test environment.

  • Simplify cross platform compilation of extensions (target Windows from


=== 0.3.0 / 2008-12-07

  • 1 Major Enhancement:

    • Let you specify the Ruby version used for cross compilation instead
      of default one.

      rake cross compile RUBY_CC_VERSION=1.8

  • 2 Minor Enhancements:

    • Properly update rake-compiler configuration when new version is
    • Automated release process to RubyForge, yay!
  • 1 Bug fix:

    • Corrected documentation to reflect the available options