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New Relic provides RPM which is a plugin for Rails that allows you to monitor and quickly diagnose problems with your Rails application in real time. Check them out at NewRelic.com.
MacRuby 0.5 beta 2 has been released. Beta 2 features greater compatability, and can now run rdoc, ri, Rack, and Sinatra. The ahead of time compiler can now create binaries that run on multiple architectures like i386 and x86_64.
Daniel Parker’s ruby-gmail gem allows you to both send and receive email using your Gmail account. It communicates with gmail over IMAP and allows you to look up your read and unread messages, mark messages as read or flagged, add labels to messages, and mark spam.
Devver has released version 1.0.0 of the datamapper adapter for Amazon’s SimpleDB. The 1.0 release now supports datamapper 0.10. The latest version also supports all DataMapper query predicates, identity map support, and lazy-loaded attributes.
Loren Segal recently released version 0.4.0 of YARD, a Ruby documentation tool. According to Loren, this is the largest update to YARD since its inception in 2007. YARD's new templating engine allows people to extend YARD’s functionality, add more meta-data, and write plugins.
The people over at SmartLogic have written a great article about how to use Rack::Rewrite, a piece of Rack middleware, to take down your website for maintenance. This offers an alternative to using Apache's mod_rewrite to detect and serve a maintenance page.
Ryan Bates has released the CanCan gem which offers a straight forward and flexible way to define what a user can and cannot do. CanCan uses a model to define the abilities of a user. Inside the class you declare what a user can and cannot do by using the “can” method. From your controllers you use the "can?" method to test the current user's authorization.
There are several new screencasts being produced targeting the Ruby and IT community worth checking out. In addition, JetBrains, DocumentCloud, and others are still hard at work making your Ruby life easier.
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.
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