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James Golick released a gem called Observational recently which provides you with, what he feels, is a better way of using observers in Rails. Instead of creating one file per observer, this gem allows you to define multiple observed objects and specific methods to call for each object's events.
Ruby Hero John Nunemaker write up a great article this week covering creating a "method missing proxy." With this technique you can quickly and easily create a proxy for any object in Ruby, giving you more maintainable, customized extensions.
Michael Aufreiter released Ken, a gem which provides a Ruby API for the Freebase open database. Freebase provides you with freely available, structured information about people, topics, movies, music, and more.
Jeff Casimir recently began releasing Ruby tutorials at Jumpstart Lab. Some of the tutorials currently available include Ruby in 100 minutes, parsing a CSV file, and interacting with Twitter using the Ruby twitter gem.
With the BugMash and the continuing push towards Ruby on Rails 3.0, a lot has been going on in Edge Rails. The BugMash brought us several features and fixes to ActiveRecord validations and ActiveResource, while the core team has introduced
respond_with and demonstrably faster rendering.
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