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Issue 101 - July 12, 2012
The Ruby world celebrates its latest home grown business success, GitHub, who this week announced they've received $100m in funding from Andreessen Horowitz. Will every Rubyist eventually work there? Watch this space.
Code Climate is a hosted software metrics tool for Ruby apps and it's now available to use for free on public open source projects.
The popular BDD framework takes another step up the version ladder with 2.11. It supports the new 'named subject' syntax, you can stub constants for the duration of an example, and on Rails specs now run in a random order by default. And more, naturally.
Treat yourself with fast, zero-setup continuous integration. Import your projects and collaborators from GitHub in seconds, then focus on your work while Semaphore automatically checks every branch and push.
GitHub's John Nunemaker riffs on some interesting ideas he's brought into his Ruby development practices including the single responsibility principle, sensible interface design and high/low testing.
Eric Hodel has checked in a patch that adds streaming zlib processing to Ruby core. Why's this a big deal? For starters, significant memory savings when compressing large files.
Arel is the beautiful relational algebra library that works alongside ActiveRecord in Rails 3 to let you do complex queries easily. Ben Hoskings shows off an interesting method Arel makes available to merge query conditions together.
A look at using Ruby tools (like Bundler and Guard) to automate common Web development workflows.
Gregory Moeck reflects on the mocking and OO design trends in the Ruby world and proposes a way forward to think about the 'testability' of our code (or not, as the case may be).
A simple resources site aiming to collect together links relevant to learning or working with RubyMotion.
Steve Klabnik, now a memeber of the Rails Issue Team, shares some quite insights and FAQs into the process of contributing ideas, source, or documentation to Rails.
RubyMotion (the Ruby toolkit for building iOS apps) now features a new testing layer that lets you write functional specifications for the views and controllers of your apps.
Jerod Santo loves being able to crack open his gems.
A simple GitHub gist showing what versions of MRI Ruby were released when.
If you need to calculate an average user's rating or sum up a number of votes, consider using the 'activerecord-reputation-system' gem. Here Ryan Bates covers the basics and presents a from-scratch solution.
minitest-rails is a library that enables you to test your Rails 3 apps using minitest, the testing framework that comes in the Ruby 1.9 standard library. Documentation and a short introductory screencast included.
webmachine-ruby is a Ruby port of Erlang's Webmachine which lets Rubyists expose interesting parts of the HTTP protocol to their applications in a declarative way. Don't understand? Check the examples.
1800 lines of a cold and lonely place. Intense.
FreeAgent are looking for a talented and passionate software engineer to join their engineering team in a senior capacity to work on their popular online accounting software.
Billing itself as the 'conference at the Intersection Of Ruby and Voice', the AdhearsionConf organizers have announced the conference will be back on October 20-21 in Palo Alto. No registration yet but the call for presentations is now open.
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