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0c054cee68f9a50d18af7d7f1e526a15?d=identicon&s=25 Tim Sutherland (Guest)
on 2007-03-13 10:15
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Ruby Weekly News 5th - 11th March 2007
======================================

   Ruby Weekly News is a summary of the week's activity on the ruby-talk
   mailing list and its cohorts, the comp.lang.ruby newsgroup and Ruby
forum.

   It is brought to you this week by

     * Tim Sutherland (firstname.lastname at gmail.com)
     * Robert Postill (robert-at-grinning-cat.com)
     * Christian Carter (cdcarter at gmail dot com)

Articles and Announcements
==========================

     * Google Summer of Code
     -----------------------

       Pat Eyler notes that Google's Summer of Code is coming up
shortly.
       "Ruby Central is once again planning to act as the mentoring
       organization for Ruby."

       > Google will post the list of mentoring organizations on March
14th.
       > Google will be accepting student proposals March 15-24, so, if
       > you're a student, this is the time to start putting together a
       > proposal.

     * Free webcasts on Ruby and Rails from CodeGear
     -----------------------------------------------

       Joe reports that CodeGear are hosting a free "live virtual
developer
       conference" on March 12th - 16th. At least four session are to do
with
       Ruby.

     * Speaker Selection for Gotham Ruby Conference
     ----------------------------------------------

       Gregory Brown posted the official speaker list for GuRuCo, the
Gotham
       Ruby Conference. (New York City, April 21st.)

       > It will be a technical conference aimed at highly motivated
       > Rubyists, Rails developers, and language enthusiasts. GoRuCo is
a
       > joint effort by volunteers from NYC.rb and the New Haven Ruby
       > Brigade. It's supported by the sponsors of this conference
including
       > Google, StreetEasy, and Jonathan Summers.

       According to the website, the conference has now sold out, but
you can
       sign up to a waiting list in the hope someone cancels.

Threads
=======

  SimFrost (#117)
  ---------------

   James Edward Gray II posted this week's Ruby Quiz. "This was one of
the
   Perl Quiz of the Week problems a couple of years ago. It's also my
   favorite computer simulation."

   Create a simulation of frost, following the (given) rules that
describe
   how to iterate the animation. "Again, use whatever output you are
   comfortable with, from ASCII art in the terminal to pretty graphics."

   What is Ruby Quiz? From the website:

   > Ruby Quiz is a weekly programming challenge for Ruby programmers in
the
   > spirit of the Perl Quiz of the Week. A new Ruby Quiz is sent to the
Ruby
   > Talk mailing list each Friday. (Watch for the [QUIZ] subject
   > identifier.) After a 48 hour no-spoiler period has passed, everyone
is
   > invited to contribute solutions and/or discussion back to the list.
The
   > following Thursday a Summary will be sent to the list, discussing
the
   > quiz, solutions and discussion. The next day, the cycle begins
again.

   It's a great way for new and experienced Ruby programmers alike to
try
   their hand at problems, and get feedback from others.

  Duck Typing Hash-Like Objects
  -----------------------------

   Gary Wright asks for ideas on the best way of identifying a
"hash-like"
   object, so that the check relies only on the interface, as in duck
typing.

   Various suggestions were put forward including the detection of the
   to_hash method, using #fetch and the discussion also careered through
the
   meaning of duck typing.

   If you want to know more about hash behaviour and/or duck typing you
could
   do a lot worse than reading this thread.

  Ruby.on-page.net - Evolution began
  ----------------------------------

   A flurry of feedback greeted ruby.on-page.net, an online Ruby
   documentation site featuring a novel interface.

   The idea appears to be help offered on a single page with wiki-like
   attributes. Give it a shot and see what you think.

  Yahoo!'s Ruby Developer Center
  ------------------------------

   Brian Adkins ran into Yahoo!'s Ruby Developer Center and thought it
looked
   interesting.

   "Nice heads up", concluded Richard Conroy.

  the name of Matz
  ----------------

   In this thread you'll find Matz' name in Kanji, how to pronounce
"Yukihiro
   Matsumoto", and a discussion of naming conventions to distinguish
given
   and family names.

   Following a comparison with Matz' non-capitalisation of his family
name,
   Akinori MUSHA said "Although passports and other formal documents may
have
   restrictions, one should be allowed to spell one's name as one wants,
so
   long as it is used consistently and serves as social identification."

   why the lucky stiff's name was also dissected, with Wilson Bilkovich
   reckoning that the underscore in _why "represents the intake of
breath
   before speaking his name".

   Matz said (without joking) "I've heard that it's his REAL first
name", and
   Hal Fulton backed up the rumour - he'd heard it was based on a
younger
   sibling's alternative to _why's real first name; "Wyatt or
something".

New Releases
============

  Rassmalog 3.1.0 - the mutant
  ----------------------------

   Rassmalog is a blog engine based on RSS 2.0, YAML and Textile. By the
end
   of the thread v3.0.0 had mutated into v3.1.0, so it's definitely
under
   active development.

  JRuby 0.9.8
  -----------

   The JRuby folks are obviously busy as there is yet another release
for
   your delight. Highlights here are the Rails support (say goodbye to
   irksome WAR deployments :) which the developers reckon is good enough
for
   testing.

  ActiveWarehouse ETL 0.6.0
  -------------------------

   Check out the latest release of ActiveWarehouse's Extract, Transform
and
   Load project. Gem goodness is included and there are a "slew" of new
and
   improved features. Definately one for Ruby in the Enterprise folk.

  rcairo 1.4.0
  ------------

   The ruby wrapper for the Cairo library was released this week. This
   release has emphasis on performance and PDF output. Also some
   standardisation with Ruby-GNOME2 has occurred.

  memcache-client 1.3.0
  ---------------------

   The pure Ruby client for memcached has been released. Patches and new
   functionality appear to be the order of the day. So if your DB
development
   lacks a certain dash of speed, why not give this a shot?

  Instant Rails 1.6, with MySQL 5
  -------------------------------

   Instant Rails now includes MySQL 5. The Instant Rails installer is an
easy
   way for Windows users to get up and running with a Rails development
   environment.

   Curt Hibbs: "Many thanks to Jirka Pech who made the MySQL upgrade
   possible."

  Ruby ORBit2 (CORBA)
  -------------------

   Max Lapshin implemented preliminary support for the ORBit2 library
(for
   CORBA).

   "No IDL is required at all: all information about method calling can
be
   accessed via CORBA reflection mechanism."

  New "Ruby for Windows" Installer
  --------------------------------

   Lothar Scholz posted a new Ruby installer for Windows, as an
alternative
   to the widely-used One Click Ruby Installer, with a different
philosophy
   as to which packages should be included in the base install.

   > Everything is compiled with MSVC 6.0, so it is compatible with the
one
   > click installer and all the "msvcrt" binary gems.

  Rack 0.1, a modular Ruby webserver interface
  --------------------------------------------

   Christian Neukirchen released Rack, a webserver and framework
interface
   for Ruby. It is based on Python's WSGI and PEP333, and he believes it
will
   bring a lot to the Ruby web community.

   > Rack provides a minimal, modular and adaptable interface for
developing
   > web applications in Ruby. By wrapping HTTP requests and responses
in the
   > simplest way possible, it unifies and distills the API for web
servers,
   > web frameworks, and software in between (the so-called middleware)
into
   > a single method call.

   With the Rack standard, any Rack compatible framework (Rails,
Camping,
   custom, more to come) will work with any Rack supported web server
   (Mongrel, WEBrick, FCGI, CGI).

   This means that we would need to develop just one Rack adapter per
   framework, and one Rack handler per webserver. Currently, each
framework
   has to implement its own support for each web server.

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Go There! Do That!

Awesome interface Tim, keep up the good work!

T.
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