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ScrumPad is an intuitive Agile project management and collaboration tool, built from ground up for teams of any size. Easily manage requirements, bugs, impediments, and test cases. Perform release and iteration planning. Track time and progress. Analyze trends. Collaborate on requirements through flexible messaging. Yet, ScrumPad does most of the house keeping for you while you focus on delivering projects. Although designed with Scrum, and Extreme Programming in mind, perfect for any iterative, incremental development- custom or otherwise. ScrumPad is developed by Code71, an expert in SaaS solution using RoR.
This week Hongli Lai wrote up an article on keeping your user's passwords secure in the Phusion Blog. He writes about never plaintext to store passwords, hashing algorithms, salting, and more. Specifically, he recommends using Blowfish File Encryption, or "bcrypt," because it's a slower-running algorithm which will make it more difficult to crack.
James Adam wrote an article on Rip, and alternative package manager written by Chris Wanstrath. Rip allows you to isolate your Gem installations into sandboxes and only activate specific a specific group for a specific environment. Rip looks like it could be very useful for servers and developers which host a lot of separate applications.
If you're developing a web application that utilizes of subdomains, Taylor Luk has an article giving you some tips. He recommends using subdomain-fu and talks about how to use a Proxy PAC file in development. He also covers a piece of Rack middleware he wrote which allows you to easily use full, custom domains in your application.
Sarah Mei posted a write up on her experience teaching high school girls how to program using Ruby and Shoes. She talks about what the students found interesting and even posted her slides and techniques that she used.
Patrick McKenzie released A/Bingo, a GEM/PLUGIN for your Rails application that makes A/B Testing easy. It uses a fairly intuitive and simple interface for defining your tests and then later can provide you with which sample performed best and by what margins.
Mike Burns posted his thoughts over on Giant Robots about why he believes that Ruby programmers are so focused on writing good tests. Primarily, he thinks that it is due to cultural pressure and a test-driven mindset, stemming from services like GitHub and Rubyforge.
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