Ruby Weekly News 19th - 25th February 2007

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Ruby Weekly News 19th - 25th February 2007

Ruby Weekly News is a summary of the week’s activity on the ruby-talk
mailing list / the comp.lang.ruby newsgroup / Ruby forum, brought to
by Tim S. (email [email protected]).

[Whew, September 2006 - February 2007 sure was a long week :wink: ]

Articles and Announcements

 * Registration Now Open For Gotham Ruby Conference

   Gregory B. announced that registration has opened for GoRuCo, 

one-day, single-track event in New York City dedicated to
Ruby” on April 21st, 2007. Tickets cost US$100.

   He also reminded us that that there isn't much time left to 

presentation proposals.

 * last call for the MountainWest Ruby Conf

   The 2007 MountainWest RubyConf is coming up on March 16th and 

17th. It
will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has “a great line up of
speakers, including the JRuby team, Ara T Howard, and a keynote
Chad F.”, writes Pat Eyler.

   Microsoft are supplying an Xbox 360 bundle as a door prize, and a
   "huge pile of books" will also be given away.

 * Ruby blogging contest

   Pat Eyler warns that time is running out to submit blog entries 

“How has Ruby stretched or blown your mind” for the January On
Ruby/Apress blogging contest.

   "The winner gets three Apress books of his or her choice."

User Group News

 * nyc.rb does video

   "Last Tuesday was the third anniversary of nyc.rb and the first 

video", reports Trotter Cashion.

   Congratulations on the milestone!



Ze Maria wondered how to use digital certificates with

Mike Wernsing posted the details, showing the useful options to set,

Emil Marceta noted an extra step that must be done to validate the
certificate, rather than just checking that it’s signed by the
Authority (CA).

Ruby and R?

This thread discussed integrating Ruby with R, a programming language
designed for statistical computing.

Ara. T. Howard posted a link to the RubyWithRLang page on the SciRuby
wiki. This page documents usage of the RSRuby library, which embeds R
within Ruby, “allowing R methods to be called and data passed between
Ruby script and the R interpreter”.

Adopt-a-newbie? Based on actual experience.

SonOfLilit described his experiences with a Ruby nuby who felt more
comfortable sending him questions directly, rather than posting to
whole list.

All of this has brought me to think of an Adopt-a-newbie model.
every newbie that wants would get an email address of a volunteer
ruby-talk, with whom he can correspond personally and who will
his basic questions and serve to also encourage him to keep

What do others think?

Samantha (the programmer who prompted SonOfLilit’s idea) was the
first to

As a newbie, I think that would be awesome. I’ve emailed off-list
two people so far, and the help has been tremendous. I think that
an awesome idea. Personally, I don’t like putting stuff out there
possibly sounding like a moron :wink: so, I get shy asking specific
questions when I know that so many people are out there on the
It’s a bit intimidating.

Logan C. said it sounded interesting, but success would depend
on the
adoptee, as well as the adopter. “I would not want to end up being
fount of knowledge and turn into a crutch for the adopted person.”

Han D. surmised “I guess mentors have the responsibility of being
and newbies have the responsibility of being eager to learn.”

“I understand that some newbies are afraid on posting even on the
friendliest ML of the world ruby-talk IMHO,” said Robert D., so he
volunteered to post other people’s “stupid questions” to the list as
proxy, so no-one knows who the question was from.

Several people suggested shy newbies could post on the mailing list
their local Ruby user group, if they’re uncomfortable posting to a

ruby equivalent for property or config.xml ?

Gilbert R. asked what the normal way is of storing configuration
in Ruby programs.

Farrel L. said YAML files are a good way to go, and Alex Y.
that Ruby source files can be a nice way of representing

module Config
DATABASE = {:adapter => ‘foo’ …}
FROBNICATOR = :fozzbangle
LOCATION = :coozbain


David V. wants to automate interaction with a bunch of
“laborious and
unhelpful” web applications at his work.

What’s the best way to do this?

“My criteria are being able to handle the fact most of these apps are
clickfests of ASP / ASP.NET provenience, and the HTML source code
probably scare small children, so I’d like to have the toolkit handle
of the textmunging.”

Xavier N. recommended Watir (usually used for testing web
because “it is the easy and more robust way to do screen-scrapping,
because it delegates all the parsing, JavaScript, etc. to a real

Peter S. put forward a new library he’s written called “scRUBYt”,
which combines Mechanize and Hpricot.

Lightweight way to create jpeg files?

Mike N. wondered if there’s an easy, “lightweight” way to create
files from Ruby, without using RMagick (which “seems like it’s loaded

A.S. Bradbury said that PNG sounded like a better image format for
situation, and suggested using the pure-Ruby png library (“gem
png”), written by the seattle.rb user group.

New Releases

One-Click Ruby Installer 1.8.5-24 released

Curt H. released the latested One-Click Ruby Installer for
upgrading the SciTE editor to version 1.72.

Bash completion for the gem command

Michael S. created a file that enables command-completion for
in the bash shell.

Facets 1.8

A new major version of Facets - “a large collection of core extension
methods and module additions for the Ruby programming language” - was

Trans: “As always thanks to everyone who has contributed, both
and indirectly.”

More releases

See the rubyforge news page for more release announcements.

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