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Acts As Conference is a Ruby on Rails and Software Craftsmanship Training conference taking place October 28-30 in Orlando, Florida. Over the course of three days, you'll participate in workshops, sessions, discussions, lightning talks, and more.
Probably the biggest Ruby headline this weekend was the news that Jimmy Schementi is leaving Microsoft where he was previously working on IronRuby. This follows the recent IronRuby 1.0 release back in April and appears to be prompted by an internal reorganization of the project.
Last week Jan Lelis released the Ruby Zucker gem which provides a bit of syntactic sugar to the standard Ruby library. It provides shortcuts to Enumerable’s #zip, Inifinity and NaN constants, Array #sum, a left-chomp on strings, unions with Regular Expressions, and a lot more.
Dane Harrigan wrote up an interesting solution to the problem of displaying error messages in your browser when they occur during AJAX requests. His method involves using an around_filter and custom jQuery error handler call to display the full exception message in a lightbox. Pretty nifty.
On August 3rd, Valerio Farias published a free ebook he created titled, "Learning BDD Playing Dice." It's definitely introductory, but certainly easy to follow and has a decent story line if you're new to BDD and want to flex your RSpec muscles.
Have you ever needed placeholder images when developing your site layout? If so, you should checkout placeholder.it, which is a web service that generates those images on the fly, just for you. And, recently, Matt Darby released the Placeholder gem which gives a simple interface to generating the request URLs for these resources.
A few days ago Rafael Magana wrote up great article walking through all the uses of the splat operator, and provided some great code samples. So, if you've got any questions about what that darn asterisk-thing is used for, this is definitely worth a quick look.
Can you believe we made it all the way to 100? This episode is live from BizConf 2010, where Gregg managed to get a few interviews discussing useful Ruby business tools.
Rockstars "and" Engine Yard's CLI "or" Passenger && Viewpoint are on this episode of Ruby5.
Rails 3 and Bundler release candidates, using Bundler in the 'real world', convenient_scopes, mailman, maptastic, and rollout are featured this week, along with your guest host CodeSherpa, Karen Gillison
Ilya Grigorik talks Fibers, while fake_arel, Rack-Gist, and Coloration get introduced. Also, Choco and some helpful Git tips sneak their way into this episode of Ruby5.
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