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Issue 86 - March 22, 2012
No big announcements this week, but due to travel, next week's Ruby Weekly might be a bit skinnier than usual, late, or not even turn up at all. Fingers crossed! :-)
Learn from legendary Japanese Ruby hacker Masatoshi Seki in this first English-language book on his own Distributed Ruby library (DRb). Pick up distributed programming ideas straight from the source here. Available in print and e-book formats.
A two day Ruby and Rails conference with good speakers, free rum and a pirate twist. The CFP is open until May 1st and tickets are also available already.
Mike and Nicole Clark of The Pragmatic Studio are selling a set of videos from which to learn Ruby programming from scratch. They usually run in-person classes but this gives you a similar experience in video form.
The folks at GitHub have put together a document outlining the Ruby styles and conventions they use for their internal apps. Plenty of good practice in here, along with a little opinion.
Pat Shaughnessy has interviewed Charles Nutter of the JRuby core team and digs into the meaning behind JRuby, what JRuby is well suited for, how its internals work, and where JRuby is headed in the future.
Enumerable#chunk is a not particularly well known method in the Enumerable module (and therefore available to your arrays and hashes by default) and in this post, Eric Hodel shows off a use for it.
Stephen Ball recently heard Bundler maintainer Andre Arko say that Bundler can obviate the need to use RVM gemsets. In this post, he investigates the idea.
Alex MacCaw says there's nothing wrong with relegating Rails to the API layer.
By default, Ruby doesn't implement tail call optimization (although it can be enabled in various ways in 1.9) so Magnus Holm set out to try and 'fake' it. An interesting experiment.
It's common to integrate with an external API and in order to effectively test the integration, you might want to stub it out. Jared Carroll of Carbon Five shares a testing strategy using stubs for an external API.
Matt Stopa has begun posting a series of videos on YouTube, each one introducing a basic Ruby concept. Start out with this one about the Object#tap method.
More riffing on the roles of objects and object oriented design in Ruby from the always entertaining Ruby Rogues.
Matt Aimonetti's presentation from Ruby Argentina has finally been released. Skip a few minutes in unless you want to enjoy Matt's Spanish skills.
Videos from last year's ArrrrCamp have been released, including presentations by Corey Haines, Elise Huard, Jim Gay, Anthony Eden and John Long.
It must be the week for releasing conference videos. RubyConf Argentina (back in November 2011) has released theirs too. Currently it's only day 1 but I'm told day 2 is just around the corner.
minitest-metadata allows you to set metadata (key-value) for your test cases so that before and after hooks can use them.
In a simple gist, RSpec maintainer David Chelimsky dispels the myth that RSpec drags slowness around with it, wherever it goes.
'Rails and MVC: the good, the bad, and the ugly' is a free evening event taking place in London next week comparing Rails and ASP.NET MVC.
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