Ruby Weekly News 12th - 18th March 2007


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Ruby Weekly News 12th - 18th March 2007

Ruby Weekly News takes a look at the week’s discussions on the
mailing list (and its equivalents, the comp.lang.ruby newsgroup and

This edition is brought to you by Tim S. and Robert Postill.

Articles and Announcements

 * New O'Reilly book features Matz

   ChrisH stumbled on an announcement for a new O'Reilly book 

Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think”, which includes
essay by Matz.

   Royalties from the book will be donated to Amnesty International.

 * South Florida Software Symposium - May 18 - 20, 2007

   If you're in Florida between the 18th and 20th of May you may 

want to get yourself down to this event. Its a No Fluff Just
event so expect plenty of cool talks.

 * Google Summer of Code (please forward)

   Pet Eyler announces that Ruby Central have again been selected as 

mentoring organisation for the Google Summer of Code.

   The deadline for student proposals is March 24.
   "If you're interested, the time to act is now!"
   A list of ideas has been put up on

   "If you're still interested in mentoring, but haven't contacted 

yet, please do."

   In another thread, 'KDE Ruby SOC projects', Richard Dale says the 

project was also selected as a mentoring organisation, and there
already one Ruby-related KDE proposal.

   Richard listed some possible projects that he hopes students will
   consider, including "Interactive visual irb. Like a Smalltalk
   environment I think ruby projects should be developed against an
   always running program."

User Group News

 * North Bay Ruby U. Group March Meeting (Sebastopol, CA)

   Rob Orsini presented "Exploring Ruport" at this month's North Bay
   (California) Ruby U. Group meeting.

 * London Ruby U. Group - 12th March, 2007

   The London Ruby U. Group had a "code review" meeting, where 

submitted their code for discussion.

 * Phoenix Ruby U. Group March Meeting

   JRuby and RSpec were the topics of discussion in March's Phoenix 


 * Milwaukee RUG Meeting - This Wednesday 3/14/07 @ 5:30-7:30

   The agenda for this week's Milwaukee RUG meeting was "Leveraging
   CruiseControl for Continuous Integration", "Continuous 

Integration for
Rails", by Tom J…


Who’s maintaining log4r?

This thread kicked off with the Jeff having made some patches for
but finding himself unable to submit them to the project maintainer.

Tom C. (admin of Rubyforge) weighed in and conferred with the
at Ruby Central about what to do with unmaintained projects.

Various suggestions were offered including forcibly adding
maintainers to
a project and forking new projects from the existing codebase. The
rubyforge guys decided they prefered forking to fiddling with

Eventaully the original maintainer came forward so hopefully this
important project will soon be getting some cool new features.

shutting irb up

A top tip started this short thread. For those moments when you want
to be that little bit extra terse simply follow the instructions

Ruby and Mobile

SunRaySon asks if it is possible to develop Ruby applications for

Justin C. and Zouplaz point out the WinCE and Symbian ports of
WAP and SMS technologies can also be used.

QTRuby + QT4 + Win32

“I would like to use the fantastic QT4 for Win32 using the Qtruby
bindings”, writes Uma G… Has anyone managed to compile this on

Hans F. links to a recent thread in the QtRuby forums where a
explains how he’s successfully done this.

Also in that thread, Richard Dale says that a qt4-ruby-mswin32 binary
is a “top priority” for the next QtRuby release, which will make life

What graphical frontend for a simple 2D game?

ChrisKaelin “just started for fun a little project creating an
game (you know, dwarves, elves’n’stuff)”, and decided it was time to
put a
graphical interface on it. What game or graphics libraries should he

The best option is Rubygame, followed by Ruby/SDL, replies Steven
Davidovitz. RUDL is also available, however it is “fairly old and
with the last release in 2004”.

Editor: You can also use a non-game-oriented graphical toolkit that
Ruby bindings, like Tk, Fox, wxWidgets, GTK+/GNOME, or Qt/KDE. RAA
some Ruby games as well.

New Releases

JRuby rails-integration release announcement

This project aims to make deployment of Ruby projects into WARs
It looks like a cool project so give it a shot.

RSS Parser 0.1.7

Kouhei S. announced the latest release of RSS parser. Note the
Atom and
Dublin core godness included in this release.

One-Click Ruby Installer 1.8.6-25

Curt H. released a new version of the One-Click Ruby Installer for
Windows. The only change is the upgrade to Ruby 1.8.6.


A new release of Ruby Semacode is out. If you’re wondering what a
is check out

Ruby-HL7 0.1.23

The latest release of HL7 parsing and generation library has been
announced by Mark G… Despite the version number this is
the first public release so props to Mark :slight_smile:

Ruby 1.8.6 has been released

Akinori MUSHA: “I am pleased to announce that Ruby 1.8.6, the latest
release from the 1.8 stable branch, has finally been released.”

This version of Ruby is a steady and reasonable enhancement of the
series including many bug and security fixes, standard library
feature enhancements and performance improvements keeping high
compatibility with the previous release (1.8.5).


We hoped you enjoyed this edition of the Ruby Weekly News.

Anyone can contribute to the next newsletter - simply visit to summarise
one or more threads from the list. Thanks!


On Mar 21, 2007, at 3:00 AM, Tim S. wrote:

   Pet Eyler announces that Ruby Central have again been  


I love this typo. He’s not really our pet though, we are his pets. :wink:

James Edward G. II


On 3/26/07, James Edward G. II removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

On Mar 21, 2007, at 3:00 AM, Tim S. wrote:

   Pet Eyler announces that Ruby Central have again been


I love this typo. He’s not really our pet though, we are his pets. :wink:

You may have uncovered my plan JEG-man, but you’re too late. No
one can stop me now. Bwahahahaha