Ruby Weekly
Issue 226 — December 18, 2014

I'll be taking a break for Christmas next week but will be back to cover all of the usual Ruby Christmas break shenanigans on January 1st :-) I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. - Peter C

RubyConf 2014
An entertaining 40 minutes with Evan Phoenix pitching audience submitted Ruby and programming related questions to Matz. They cover static typing, thread safety, Go, Rust, how Matz has finally made it up to C99, and why Ruby isn’t written in C++.

RubyConf 2014

Peter Wilmott
Inspired by a post claiming Ruby compiled with Clang is much faster than when compiled by GCC, Peter Wilmott decided to do some testing. GCC 4.9 at O2 appears to come out ahead.

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The cross-platform native app toolkit takes a step forward with stable Android support, and the ability to build Apple Watch apps and iOS 8 extensions.

Richard Schneeman
A look at the uses for hashes and OpenStructs before digging into why Richard finds Hashie irritating to use.

The Pragmatic Bookshelf
The Rails 4 followup to Noel’s successful Rails Test Prescriptions, a thorough guide to testing Rails apps, is now out as an ebook and on paper.

The Pragmatic Bookshelf

In brief