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After last week’s release of Ruby on Rails version 3.0.8, a slew of issues and fixes have come in which prompted the immediate release of release candidates for both versions 3.0.9 and 3.1.0. If you're experiencing SafeBuffer exceptions, you should test out these new versions prior to release.
As Chef scripts become stale and software versions march on, it can become difficult to keep your cookbooks up-to-date. So, knife-github-cookbooks by Webster Clay, addresses this by enhancing Chef's knife command by pulling updated cookbooks from GitHub, rather than Opscode. It also integrates with GitHubs compare view, and more.
Neeraj Singh just released a screencast on BigBinary where he walks through every level Arel, demystifying the library and showing you where you can build onto it. It's a relatively quick, 12 minute screencast that's probably worth a look.
Most Rails developers have moved past traditional fixtures in favor of factories. But, when used incorrectly, continuously generating these factory objects can significantly slow down your tests. So, Fixturized by Jacek Szarski takes a novel approach to the issue and creates fixture files out of your utilized factories. Best of both worlds! Maybe. You'll want to check it out.
Chris Wailes just released an incredibly detailed tutorial on how to build a JIT compiler in Ruby. He covers building a lexer, building abstract syntax trees, translation, compilation, control flow, and more. And, well, his final compiler comes in at a whopping 380 lines of Ruby. If you're a language geek or .. well, a Ruby geek, it'll make your head hurt - in a good way.
Liuz Felipe Pereira dropped us a line last week to let us know about his commenting engine for Rails 3 called Opinio. If you need to add comments to your Rails 3 and Disqus isn't an option, this may be for you.
Last week on the podcast veezus and paul discussed using Foreman and Procfiles to simplify deployment. Well, Jim Crossley wrote in to remind us that the TorqueBox project is perfect for addressing these needs, too. Because it's built on JBoss AS, declaring and managing these necessary services is baked right in; all you need to do is setup a YAML file. But, who uses those anymore? ;)
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Rails 3.0.8 final, using atk_icons with SASS, some new chronic, community driven Rails scaffolds with ScaffoldHub, autosuggest-rb, forman and the new Heroku Celadon Cedar stack.
Gregg goes solo again with some live interviews from Euruko, discusses Ruby news from this weekend, and tries his hardest to pronounce everyone's names correctly. Please don't make fun of him because he has no idea how to pronounce "Marcin Bunsch" correctly!
Upgrade Woes, Alternatives to RubyGems, CMS Releases, and great mapping tools featured in this episode of Ruby5, hosted by Dave Bock and Russ Olsen.
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