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Ruby is a dynamic, interpreted, object-oriented, open source programming language that combines syntax inspired by Perl with Smalltalk-like features. It was also influenced by Eiffel and Lisp. Ruby was first designed and developed in the mid-1990s by Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto in Japan. #
This looks like a shining example of a well-factored Sinatra app powered by PostgreSQL. If you’re just learning Ruby or want to learn some new tricks, give it a read.
Watson lets you create issues while you code, including custom labels, without ever having to interrupt your workflow. It syncs with remote services like GitHub and Bitbucket — Push locally created issues and get the status of remote issues right in your command line.
If you aren’t happy with the current process monitoring tools out there, check out Eye. It uses Celluloid to provide multi-threaded process monitoring that behaves very similarly to Bluepill. One valuable addition is the ability to get more information about the processes running:
$ eye i(nfo) test samples sample1 ....................... up (21:52, 0%, 13Mb, <4107>) sample2 ....................... up (21:52, 0%, 12Mb, <4142>)
Other bonus tools include debugging configurations and tailing the logs of the processes being monitored.
Andrew and Adam talk with Lee Hambley about some serious subjects such as Capistrano 3.0/2.0, open source burnout, various conversations around deploying, Ruby, respect, handing over the reigns and more. If you hack on open source or run an open source project, you should listen to this episode.
Want to add personalization such as recommendations or content discovery to your application? PredictionIO has your back.
You can download and install the server yourself or use their cloud infrastructure. Clients already exist for Java, PHP, Python, and Ruby, and I assume more are on the way.
Check out all of their open source goods right here.
Adam and Jerod talk with Katrina Owen – Panelist on Ruby Rogues, Instructor at Jumpstart Lab and creator of Exercism.io, an open source platform for crowd-sourced code reviews on daily practice problems.
Interesting project from Brian Shirai which he describes as:
Rubinius X is an experiment in modernizing Ruby. Rubinius X can be imagined as a time machine that brings the future to the present, enabling us to write modern programs now.
If you’re thinking about self-publishing a technical book, you should take a look at Quarto, a Ruby-based toolchain for generating ebooks in EPUB, Mobi, and PDF formats.
Quarto is essentially a set of rake tasks backed by a Ruby library. You can check out the README for all the details, but here’s an excerpt about the tool’s flexibility:
Quarto doesn’t (yet) introduce any revolutionary ideas to e-publishing. Instead, it ties familiar tools together in a way that lets you write the way you want to.
There are a lot of tools that try to tie together an end-to-end publishing pipeline. But when you want to interpose your own processing in between steps, you’re out of luck. The fact that Quarto is structured as a set of Rake tasks means that you can add your own dependencies, your own steps, or tack extra processing onto any of the existing steps just by adding to your project’s Rakefile.
Buyer beware. We reached out to Avdi to see if he wanted us to say anything in particular about the project, he replied:
here’s a quote: “It’s a mess because I coded it in a frantic week” :-P
Ahh, I know the feeling all too well.
Is he just being humble or is Quarto not ready for prime time? Hey, it’s open source so you can be the judge!
Adam Stacoviak and Jerod Santo talk with Michal Papis about the history and future of RVM, the plan for RVM 2.0, the complexities of managing your Ruby version, Ruby 2.0 and more. SPONSOR: App Sketchbook – use the code “DANSENTME” to save $5.00 Subscribe to The Changelog Weekly! Michal Papis (mpapis) on Twitter mpapis (Michal […]
jekyll-liquid-plus will be essential to Octopress 3.0 themes. If you’re writing Jekyll templates, check it out. https://t.co/F62ZPFiTLr
— Brandon Mathis (@imathis) August 28, 2013
For those of you running a Jekyll or Octopress powered blog, Brandon Mathis has been working like crazy on Octopress 3.0, determining what it is and isn’t, and along the way breaking off pieces to release as independent gems.
His goal in doing this, is to allow Jekyll users to be able to install a few gems and be able to use most of Octopress’s goodies without having to change a thing.
Yesterday, he announced Jekyll Liquid Plus.
Jekyll Liquid Plus includes:
- Redesigned, but backwards compatible: include, assign and capture tags
- All new: render, wrap, wrap_include and return tags
From this Alpha post from Brandon:
My goal for Octopress is to be a writer-focused usability layer on top of Jekyll and a cohesive framework for building themes and plugins. Octopress will work alongside Jekyll without getting in the way at all. It’s shaping up nicely.
Is it safe to say that Octopress 3.0 is coming soon? Many are waiting with baited breath. My guess is that with this and the other independent gems Brandon has released, he is getting close.
Check out the source for Jekyll Liquid Plus on GitHub.
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Full disclosure: I am the creator and owner of Portly. Pssh works with or without Portly. But, without Portly, adding a local tunnel to your machine can be a pain.
If you’re a fan of episode #90 on pair programming with Avdi Grimm, you know that pairing can be an invaluable tool for debugging, learning, and just overall better code. Unfortunately, remote pairing generally gets less enthusiasm since there’s such a learning curve to the setup, and it tends to feel inconvenient.
Portly has launched a new tool called Pssh that makes remote pairing simple with just a gem and a browser. Install Pssh and run it either inside your tmux/screen session or from a vanilla shell, and your buddies can remote pair with you from their browser.
> gem install pssh > pssh
If Pssh is started inside a tmux or screen session, it boots up its own console for you to manage users. If started from a plain shell, it behaves just like you opened a fresh console and kills Pssh when you
Paired with the native Mac app from Portly, you can share a url to your session and lock it down with HTTP Authentication. Open up another browser tab to check out the changes to the local website you’re working on in real-time.
Way back in January, I wrote a blog post called “Rails has two default stacks”. In it, I discussed how people like to customize the defaults that Ruby on Rails gives you. Your company might prefer Postgres/HAML/RSpec, for example, over the default MySQL/ERB/MiniTest.
There’s an under-used feature of Rails that allows you to automate the creation of your own stack: templates. Check it:
$ rails --help Usage: rails new APP_PATH [options] Options: -r, [--ruby=PATH] # Path to the Ruby binary of your choice # Default: /opt/rubies/ruby-2.0.0-p195/bin/ruby -m, [--template=TEMPLATE] # Path to some application template (can be a filesystem path or URL)
Application template? Yep. There’s very little documentation on this feature, unfortunately. There is a work in progress Rails Guide that gives some answers, but it’s not done yet.
Anyway, the TL;DR is this: you can write a little script to help initialize a Rails app just the way you want to. And Rails startup template is exactly that.
Here’s some of the things it gives you out of the box:
bourbongems, as well as a few more.
- Creates a new git repository, and optionally a new one on GitHub
- Sets up foreman for easy environment variable and background service config.
include_tree .from your
application.css, since the author prefers to require things manually.
There are some other features, as well.
Vincent Isambart, a French Rubyist living in the land of the rising sun (Tokyo, Japan), and a few others have started a new organization on GitHub to renew the efforts to help translate the Ruby Hacking Guide (originally written in Japanese by Minero AOKI) into English.
The Ruby Hacking Guide is a book that explains how the ruby interpreter (the official C implementation of the Ruby language) works internally.
I haven't worked on the Ruby Hacking Guide for many years but the translation progressed a lot very recently http://t.co/8KfOBjms6a
— Vincent Isambart (@vincentisambart) August 12, 2013
If you’d like to help…
People who are good at Ruby, C and Japanese or English are needed. Those good at Japanese (native Japanese speakers are of course welcome) can help translate and those good at English (preferably native speakers) can help correct mistakes, and rewrite badly written parts… Knowing Ruby and C well is really a requirement because it helps avoiding many mistranslations and misinterpretations.
For those wanting to read what’s been translated so far, check out the public version online.
Have an opinion? Discuss it on Hacker News.
Adam Stacoviak and Andrew Thorp talk with Drew Blas of Chargify about API wrappers, Ruby, open source, and more. You can tune-in LIVE on Tuesday’s at 5pm CST. Drew Blas – Explorer « The life and code of a passionate developer drewblas (Drew Blas) on GitHub drewblas (drewblas) on Twitter drewblas/consignment chargify (Chargify) chargify/chargify2 chargify/doculab
Adam Stacoviak and guest co-host Tim Smith talk with Jesse Wolgamott about learning Ruby, his course and mentorship Ruby off Rails, and more! You can tune-in LIVE on Tuesday’s at 5pm CST. J.Wo Ruby Off Rails | Online Ruby Course full of mentoring and collaboration. jwo (Jesse Wolgamott) Comal Productions | web. mobile. training. code […]
Adam Stacoviak and Andrew Thorp talk with Hampton Catlin about Sass, libsass, Haml, Tritium, Moovweb and more. You can tune-in LIVE on Tuesday’s at 5pm CST. hcatlin/libsass Tritium from Moovweb, the web transformation platform Moovweb Sass – Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets The Sass Way The Sass Jerk – Articles Getting started with Sass and Compass – […]
Backup is a system utility for Linux and OS X which allows you to easily model your backup system using a nice Ruby DSL. The greatest thing about Backup, aside from the fact that it Just Works, is that it has built-in support for just about anything you would want to do.
It handles compression, encryption, cloud storage, splitting, syncing, notifications, logging, and on, and on.
With all that functionality, you might expect Backup to be overwhelming to get started with. Not so. It also has nifty generators which spit out documented model code so you can learn and tweak as you need. If that’s not enough, there is a Getting Started page and a very useful wiki which explains, in detail, all of the subsystems.
Backup is MIT licensed and hosted on GitHub.
Rubular is awesome for working with regexes and testing things out. It’s fast, simple, and allows you to write/test/debug regexes super quick. The bummer is that it’s not open source, so taking a peek under the hood to learn how its built isn’t possible. (insert sad face) Here are two options on GitHub that claim […]