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Episode 0.4.2 – Rails 3.1 and SproutCore with Yehuda Katz

Adam and Wynn caught up with Yehuda Katz to talk about upcoming changes in Rails 3.1, SproutCore, and his growing list of open source projects.

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Items mentioned in the show:

  • Wynn’s deck from ‘07 pays tribute to Yehuda
  • Merb influenced and later merged with Rails
  • SproutCore is an HTML5 application framework for building responsive, desktop-caliber apps in any modern web browser, without plugins.
  • Carl Lerche is the other half of carlhuda
  • Desktop MVC != Server MVC
  • Handlebars.js is Yehuda’s optimization of Mustache.js
  • Backbone.js is a lightweight MVC framework from DocumentCloud
  • Bundler manages an application’s dependencies through its entire life across many machines systematically and repeatably.
  • One of the biggest changes in Rails 3 is The Great Decoupling
  • Railtie is the core of the Rails Framework and provides several hooks to extend Rails and/or modify the initialization process
  • Asset handling is coming in Rails 3.1, meaning better support for Sass, Compass, and CoffeeScript
  • Do you modify your Nginx setup?
  • Yehuda prefers Sass and Compass to Less since the introduction of the SCSS syntax.
  • Haml is the templating language of choice for sophisticated web devs.
  • Yehuda likes JavaScript on the server but thinks evented frameworks like Node are more for edge cases than for the heart of the web.
  • The Ruby Racer is a Ruby binding to V8 and is great for testing your JavaScripts without a browser
  • Charles Lowell wrapped Handlebars.js as Handlebars.rb
  • Yehuda loves CoffeeScript wants a runtime debugger before taking the plunge.
  • libgit2 is a portable, pure C implementation of the Git core methods provided as a re-entrant linkable library with a solid API, allowing you to write native speed custom Git applications in any language which supports C bindings.
  • Adam really loves Thor, a scripting framework that replaces rake and sake and is used by the new Rails 3 generators.
  • There is no shortage of thor tasks from users on GitHub.

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