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Joe Alba recently released gitswitch, a gem to manage your git "credentials" when you use multiple name and/or email address pairs. So, if you have personal vs work git settings, or maybe you pair program and want to record that in your commits, this may be worth a look.
Andrew McElroy wrote in to let us know about a new release of TryRuby.org. This update recodes the side using Rails and now works with Ruby 1.9.2. It's a great resource to send to a friend or to introduce your coworkers to the wonderful world of Ruby.
If you're just beginning with Ruby and find some of the conventions, calls, and patterns a bit cryptic, then ExplainRuby.net may be your new best friend. Mislav recently released it and using a copy/paste of a Ruby snippet or a URL of a Gist, Pastie, or more, you can find out exactly what's going on. It doesn't necessarily describe intention, but it goes over the constructs and call in a very detailed way.
ActiveRecord introduced dynamic finders (find_by_email, find_all_by_username_and_password) and, if you've ever tried Mongoid, you've probably noticed those niceties had disappeared. But, with the MongoidDynamicFinders plugin by James Harton, you can quickly get them back and regain that wonderful, warm, fuzzy feeling.
Do you use OS X? Do you find yourself using several Terminal windows and routinely opening the same set over and over? If so, the Terminitor gem by Arthur Chiu may be useful. It allows you to specify multiple terminal window configurations and call them up with one, simple command.
Piotr Sarnacki just recently finished up his Ruby Summer of Code project and posted an article on what he's completed. Simply put, he made Rails better. Specifically, he reworked Engines, rewriting them to work as isolated Rack applications, allowing you to define custom routes, middleware stacks, plugins and more. So now, you can ship entire portions of your application as modular components.
Envy Labs has just launched Top Ruby Jobs, a website dedicated to the best jobs available in the Ruby community. There are already some great postings by IZEA, obtiva, Hashrocket, and more. So, if you're looking for a Ruby gig, or need to line up a great Ruby developer for your company, you should take a look.
CarlHuda news, themes_for_rails, diaspora, colorblind, Passenger3, rvm gemsets, and metasearch, in this edition of Ruby5.
Mongrel 2 is on Changelog, Gregg Swears, Twitter signs on with Devise, and we have a lightning round on this episode of Ruby5.
Lone Star Ruby Conf talks, Incoming Email, Twitter Dance, Shapado, Offline Docs in OS X Dictionary, FetLife Open Source
Rails 2.3.9, htty and ZeroMQ are on this episode of Ruby5. Also making the cut were Mongoid Tree, Android Spying, Rails CSS Views, and the cheezburger gem.
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