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Jumpstart Lab is doing public training sessions throughout the country over the next several weeks. If you, or someone you know, is looking for an excuse to learn Ruby or Rails, then this is an excellent opportunity to dive right in. Training for Ruby and Rails is being held in Seattle, Raleigh, San Francisco, and Norfolk. Head over to the site to sign up and get a 10% discount with the "Ruby5" discount code.
The team at Instructure have released their Canvas LMS. It is a Ruby, open source, learning management system. It's hosted on GitHub and has several browser-based features, including grading, chatting, and recording both audio and video for students.
Rubygems version 1.5.0 was recently officially released. This release WORKS with Ruby 1.9.2 and all other versions. It is recommended that you update both rubygems and bundler to the latest versions to gain several bug fixes, small enhancements, and speed improvements.
Pragmatic Publishing released their JRuby book just a couple weeks back. It's authored by Charles Nutter, Thomas Enebo, Nick Sieger, Ola Bini, and Ian Dees... also known as the most incredible JRuby team imaginable. If you've been afraid of JRuby because of Java, or know some Java "friends" that you'd like to convert to the dark side, check it out.
Josiah Kiehl put together an article on the Engine Yard blog last week to introduce Gem Testers. It's a system that follows Perl's CPAN lead, and lets the gem users report exactly how stable and/or well support a particular library may be. It crowdsources end users to test library code against their system and report back the results.
Kristian Mandrup is at it again, releasing GeoMagic a few weeks ago, and now releasing the Mongoid Geo gem. It adds several enhancements to Mongo's current geo-features and may be just what you need if you're working with location-aware application and Mongo.
Nick Gauthier wrote up a really interesting post on how he abstracts his views when writing integration tests. The common issue we've all run into is just how brittle tests may become when tied directly to the view's structure. With his approach, he isolates those issues and allows your test suite to be much more robust.
Jingwen Owen Ou recently combined the simplicity of website generation via Jekyll with jQuery's Slippy presentation library. Together they create a super-simple, GitHub Pages-compatible slideshow platform in Ruby.
Ruby5 is released Tuesday and Friday mornings. To stay informed about and active with this podcast, we encourage you to do one of the following:
RubyGems 1.5.0, regulate CMS, govkit, a discussion list for ruby educators, awesome_print, and more in this aMAZEing collection of Ruby5 news compiled for your listening pleasure.
Regulate the Slow Web, git-[your]-flow going with share_count, and Refinery your Rails Admin solution with Google Apps and OmniAuth all on this episode of Ruby5.
Mail gem vulnerability, RailsCasts reaches 250, Ruby4Kids, Gosu, keeping track of your school days, a quick chat with Dave and Chad, and more in this birthday-snowpocalypse edition of Ruby5.
Notify Me the first Time you Mongify Goo.gl, use AJAX, or Admin Delayed Job. Or, you could just listen to this episode of Ruby5.
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