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Ruby Weekly News 23rd - 29th January 2006
=========================================

   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
you
   by Tim Sutherland.

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

     * Silicon Valley Ruby Conference
     --------------------------------

       David A. Black: "I'm pleased to announce that Ruby Central, Inc.
and
       SDForum are teaming up to present: The Silicon Valley Ruby
Conference
       April 22-23, 2006".

     * Ruby at O'Reilly Rough Cuts
     -----------------------------

       Pawel Szymczykowski noticed two upcoming Ruby books available as
       O'Reilly "Rough Cuts" (their version of the Pragmatic
Programmer's
       Beta Book creation):

          * Ruby Cookbook (Leonard Richardson, Lucas Carlson).
          * Ruby on Rails: Up and Running (Bruce A. Tate, Curt Hibbs).

User Group News
===============

     * The Seattle Brigade Chats with Bruce Eckel
     --------------------------------------------

       Bruce Eckel came to some Seattle Brigade (Seattle.rb) meetings,
and
       wrote up his impressions of Ruby in a blog post Ruby, PHP and a
       Conference.

       "The result: there are definitely some very cool things here. I
don't
       know why Ruby fans don't talk about them, but they're here."

     * Twin Cities (Minnesota) Ruby User Group Meeting - Jan 31st
     ------------------------------------------------------------

       The Minneapolis/St Paul area group were having their second
meeting on
       January 31st.

       "If you would like to present something, we would be very happy
to
       have you, and free beers may follow!"

       Planned presentations, and possible free-beer receivers, are
Charles
       Nutter and Thomas Enebo talking about JRuby; and Nick Sieger
giving a
       Watir overview.

     * Call for Participants: M√ľnchen (Munich, Germany) Ruby User Group
     ------------------------------------------------------------------

       Urban Hafner posted a message about organising a Ruby User Group
in
       Munich, and invited German Ruby developers to join the -de
mailing
       list.

     * Notes from the First NoVA Ruby Users Group
     --------------------------------------------

       Paul Duncan wrote up his notes from the first NOVARUG (Northern
       Virginia Ruby Users Group) meeting. More than 40 people attended
the
       meeting, which featured a presentation by Rich Kilmer on Alph (a
       Ruby-ActionScript bridge, for doing Ruby stuff with Flash), and
other
       topics.

     * Ottawa Group of Ruby Enthusiasts (OGRE) 2nd Meeting
     -----------------------------------------------------

       OGRE had their second meeting on January 25, featuring "talks
from the
       Jaded Pixel development team on issues related to the development
of
       Shopify."

     * Boise Ruby Brigade
     --------------------

       Mike Moore announced a Ruby group for Boise in Idaho, U.S., with
the
       first meeting scheduled for February 22.

     * Ruby user group in/near Wilmington, DE? Interest in starting one?
     -------------------------------------------------------------------

       Obie Fernandez said he and some other Rubyists are going to be
       starting a major Rails project in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.

       Is there a Ruby User Group there already, or any others
interested in
       setting one up?

Threads
=======

  Printing RFC3339 timezone?
  --------------------------

   csn asked how to turn a Time into some text suitable for use in an
Atom
   XML feed, i.e. following RFC3339.

   Bob Showalter posted a link that describes the 'xmlschema' method,
and
   Austin Ziegler gave the same response a minute later.

 require 'time'

 t = Time.now
 t.xmlschema # => "2006-01-31T22:09:20+13:00"

  Making Thumbnails with RMagick
  ------------------------------

   Timothy Hunter noticed that a lot of people were using RMagick to
make
   thumbnails of JPEG images, so he benchmarked four different resize
methods
   (for speed, simplicity, and quality).

   The overall winner was the `thumbnail' method. That's easy to
remember :-)

  PostgreSQL in Ruby with SSL connections
  ---------------------------------------

   Kevin Brown asked how to connect to PostgreSQL through SSL, and Dick
   Davies replied, saying that if he uses the ruby-postgres library
(which
   wraps the C client library), then this is handled "transparently" as
far
   as the Ruby library is concerned: you just need to put the
appropriate
   certificate/key files in the ~/.postgresql directory.

   Kevin later managed to get this working via psql, but the Ruby code
was
   giving the error #<PGError: SSL error: sslv3 alert handshake
failure>.

   Any ideas?

  I like the new ruby-doc.org!
  ----------------------------

   James Edward Gray II said "I feel the new front page of ruby-doc.org
is
   significantly more attractive. Nice work!"

   ruby-doc.org creator and maintainer James Britt gave credit for the
   redesign to Dan Ritz of 30 Second Rule.

   Maxwell Heidegger asked if it was using Rails, and the answer was no:
it's
   using Nitro.

  Port a Library (#64)
  --------------------

   James Edward Gray II introduced an unusual theme for Ruby Quiz this
week:
   port a small, simple library of your choosing from another language
to
   Ruby.

  Strange posting about ebooks
  ----------------------------

   Lots of people on the mailing list received an 18mb email containing
a
   number of unauthorised Ruby e-books.

   They were displeased.

  how to run just one test method in a test case
  ----------------------------------------------

   nicknameoptional had some unit tests, and wanted to know if there is
a
   command to only run a particular test method.

   Marcel Molina Jr. said that the "-n" command-line option is used for
this.

   It takes either the whole method name, or a pattern to match a set of
test
   methods.

 ruby tc_foo.rb -n test_foo_1
 ruby tc_foo.rb -n /foo_2/

  wxruby 2
  --------

   baalbek wondered about the status of wxruby2, and Alex Fenton said
it's
   close to being ready for beta release, but there are some important
bugs
   that need fixing.

   | There is a good group of C++ developers involved who made a lot of
   | progress over last summer, but they've all been short of time in
the
   | last few months, so been a lull in development.
   |
   | It's usable enough for playing around, and has some nice new
features
   | beyond 0.6.0 - on top of all the native look'n'feel niceness of Wx
   | generally - such as good support for OS X (inc aqua-look), Unicode,
new
   | widgets, and better exposing of Wx class hierarchies. Unlike 0.6.0
   | release from the old series, I wouldn't say it's stable enough for
   | production code.

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

  xx-0.1.0 : xhtml and xml make it twice as dirty
  -----------------------------------------------

   Ara.T.Howard:

   | xx is a library designed to extend ruby objects with html, xhtml,
and
   | xml generation methods. the syntax provided by xx aims to make the
   | generation of xml or xhtml as clean looking and natural as ruby it
self.

   In a subsequent post Ara compared this library with the XML builders
used
   in Nitro and Rails.

  One-Click Ruby Installer 184-16 preview1 is available!
  ------------------------------------------------------

   Curt Hibbs posted preview1, then preview2 of the Windows One-Click
Ruby
   Installer for Ruby 1.8.4.

   There was much rejoicing.

   Adam Sanderson: "Thank you so much for your work on the one click
   installer. It makes using ruby in my office feasible, which makes me
   sane(ish)."

  Mongrel HTTP Server 0.1.2 (With Camping Tepee Sample)
  -----------------------------------------------------

   Zed Shaw announced a new release of his "fast as hell web server
library",
   Mongrel.

   "Remember, this is totally ALPHA work. Don't run a nuclear reactor
with
   it, but do shoot me crashes, bug reports, anything."

  Sudoku - Dancing Links algorithm
  --------------------------------

   jwesley wrote a Sudoku game in Ruby / GTK+, and also released a gem
for
   his implementation of the "Dancing Links" puzzle-solving algorithm.

  OpenGL-0.32g for Apple MacOS X
  ------------------------------

   James Adam created a version of the latest rb-opengl bindings,
tweaked for
   MacOS X.
2cf6d8e639314abd751f83a72e9a2ac5?d=identicon&s=25 Martin DeMello (Guest)
on 2006-02-02 00:32
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Tim Sutherland <timsuth@ihug.co.nz> wrote:
>
>   Strange posting about ebooks
>   ----------------------------
>
>    Lots of people on the mailing list received an 18mb email containing a
>    number of unauthorised Ruby e-books.
>
>    They were displeased.

Laughed out loud at that. In case I haven't said it before, thanks for
the time and effort you put into this!

martin
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