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This week, JetBrains released RubyMine 2.0. RubyMine is a Ruby IDE, and this version adds more advanced refactoring tools, improved code analysis, Rails internationalization, added test helpers, and support for Ruby 1.9.
Mertin Sadler created a small, but very useful gem for logging and reporting Net::HTTP requests in your application, called Net HTTP Spy. It logs the URI requested as well as the response code returned by the remote system.
Chris Parsons and Corey Haines have begun producing Katacasts, which are Ruby code katas presented in a screencast format. You get to look over the shoulder of these guys as they hone their programming fu. You will be in awe of their vim-jitsu. And, ultimately, you will become so envious that you will begin to perform your own katas and become a new Ruby master.
FossCasts are free screencasts covering Linux, Unix, and Open Source topics, by John Yerhot. The first few episodes cover command line tests, load testing, and system monitoring. Even if you're not a system administrator, there's probably something good that you'll pick up over there.
Alex Peuchert recently began publishing Ruby Pulse, screencasts covering all kinds of Ruby topics. Just a few recent topics cover gem migration from GitHub to Gemcutter, will_paginate, and hijack.
Marcin Kulik just released racksh, or "Rack::Shell." It was inspired by Heroku's console and provides you with a framework agnostic console for your Rack web application. It works with many current frameworks and even works with custom applications.
Kunfu Rails conference in Shangai China, Wen-Tien Chang presented a talk on Rails Best Practices. He later published the slides from his talk on Slideshare and they provide some great code refactoring examples for your Rails application. Then, Richard Huang took several of these suggestions and wrote a gem which will inspect your application and give you code suggestions based on the tips in this presentation.
If you are a Windows-running Rubyist, you are going to want to check out the new Ruby Installer. Munin monitoring, Pubsub reading and Hashie objects are also covered. Oh, and spam, spam, spam, spam-blocking with Defender.
Heard of Redis? In this episode we cover how you can use it in your application and how GitHub uses it for Resque. Heroku Asset Packager, mail_safe, and JSBlogger are also covered, along with why you should use conditionals rather than exceptions.
Bluepill, Restfulie, JsTestDrive, and Clarity are talked about in this episode of Ruby5. And before we close it out, we discuss a bit of Dr. Nic's guide to gem hacking.
Signal, BigRecord, and Mail are featured on this Tuesday morning episode. We also talk a bit about Amazon RDS, Geocoder, and Twitter lists to hit on a few not-entirely-Rubyish recent events.
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