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Issue 134 - February 28, 2013
Last Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of work commencing on Ruby way back in 1993 and it was celebrated in style with the final release of Ruby 2.0.0. Congratulations to Matz along with the rest of the core team and anyone else who has contributed over the years to the rich Ruby ecosystem we enjoy today. Now.. on to an extremely release heavy issue.
Not content to let us play with Ruby 2.0 for too long, Rails has gotten in on the release action with the first beta of the long awaited 4.0. DHH summarizes the update for us here.
Ruby 1.9.3 gets an update to address more security vulnerabilities, this time in REXML (the XML parser in the standard library) and the JSON library. Upgrade your 1.9.3 to this, even if you're not headed to 2.0 yet.
Also released via Bitnami's JRuby stack if you want a complete stack out of the box.
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Dave Thomas' popular 'Pickaxe' Ruby reference book has been released in its 4th edition and now covers both Ruby 1.9 and 2.0. The 2nd edition is still available if you need a 1.8 reference, however.
Metacasts is a pay-for screencasting site by Mark Bates but for just the next few days he's made his look at Ruby 2.0 available to everyone in celebration of the release.
A slide-deck by Urabe Shyouhei of the Ruby core team that covers some of what's new in Ruby 2.0.
A collection of short programs that highlight various Ruby 2.0 features including refinements and lazy enumeration.
Steve Klabnik clears up what the official policies are on maintaining 'old' versions of Rails with regards to bug fixes, security updates, and new features.
Only updated in its e-book format for now.
A slide deck by Mike Leone that covers some of the differences between Ruby and Python while attempting to sell us on the idea of giving Python a go.
Bug fixes and, importantly, Ruby 2.0 support for Rails 3.2. Steve Klabnik's first Rails release too.
Comes with Ruby 2.0 but can be used on 1.9. Requires Bundler 1.3.0 (also released this week).
Not to be left out of the deluge of releases, here's a new RC of Passenger 4.0. However, it's not fully tested on Ruby 2.0 and they advise sticking with 1.9.3 for now.
1.3.3 was a couple of years ago now so it's great to see a new release of this popular gem. Lots of little fixes and tweaks but also new support for RDoc 4.0, Asciidoctor, and Redcarpet 2.
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Why let all the Node developers and their Nodecopters have all the fun? Get Ruby controlling some drones too. Here's a video of Artoo in action.
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