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Mad Mimi is an email service that lets you elegantly create, send, and track all of the emails that your business (or client!) needs. Over 17,000 businesses use Mad Mimi to handle email the simple way. With mad_mimi_mailer, Mad Mimi now gives Rails apps an out-of-the-box transactional email API that's even easier than doing it yourself. You can also follow MadMimi on twitter to see what she's up to.
Would your ActiveRecord models benefit from a more efficient tree implementation? Ancestry, a new gem by Stefan Kroes, follows the Materialized Path design pattern to track and store each object's ancestors directly in the database. This gem provides you with highly efficient database lookups, simple helpers, and seamless ActiveRecord integration.
Josh Susser wrote in to let us know about a new Rails plugin released by Pivotal Labs over the weekend, called Refraction. Refraction effectively replaces your web server's request manipulation library (like Apache's mod_rewrite) with a Rack-based solution. This allows you to be more platform agnostic and easily define your routing rules in Ruby and then store them along with your application in your SCM.
Gabriel Horner recently released a new Ruby command-line execution framework (think Rake or Thor) called Boson. Boson is different from the others because it allows commands to be executed from either the command line or IRB, it easily allows for command parameters, and allows you to create simple aliases for your commands.
If your application has to do simple unit conversion, then Alchemist may be the answer for you. Written by Matthew Mongeau, Alchemist adds conversion helpers to Ruby's Numeric class, allowing you to easily convert between several common measurements. For example, 8.miles.to.meters is 12,874.7, or 10.kilometers + 1.mile is 11.6 kilometers.
This weekend, the team at Phusion released Ruby Enterprise Edition 1.8.7-2009.10, or as Gregg has unofficially dubbed it, "the Breakin' Release" - not to be confused with "broken."
It fixes some floating point calculation issues, improves security by enabling the fno-stack-protector, backported a File.open memory leak, and improves compatibility with Snow Leopard.
Inploy, Comet, and QUnit are covered in this Friday morning episode. Also, you'll learn about the RightJS Right Rails plugin, along with geomerelaal.
ModPorter and Devise are featured on this episode of Ruby5. We also talk a bit about The Compleat Rubyist and some interesting Ruby questions on StackOverflow.
Gem Bundler, Gemcutter Gem forking, and client side performance are covered in this Friday morning episode. Also, you'll get plenty of visuals and diagrams with the DevIL Image Library for Ruby, the yUML Command Line Gem, and RailRoad Graphs.
Refinery, Chef-Deploy, and CodeRack are covered in this Tuesday morning episode. Also, you'll hear about the GitHub transition from the inside and a little of What's New in Edge Rails.
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