Rake-compiler 0.5.0 Released

rake-compiler version 0.5.0 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


=== 0.5.0 / 2009-04-25

  • Enhancements
    • Allow generation of multiple gems for Windows (EXPERIMENTAL)
      This allows build gems for both VC6 and MinGW builts of Ruby
      (Thanks to Jonathan Stott for the suggestion)

      Rake::ExtensionTask.new(‘my_extension’, GEM_SPEC) do |ext|
      ext.cross_compile = true
      ext.cross_platform = [‘i386-mswin32’, ‘i386-mingw32’]

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