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The Red Dirt Ruby Conference is happening in Oklamona City on May 6th and 7th. It is a one track, 2 day conference with such notable speakers as Dave Thomas and Jim Weirich, and it is focused on 4 themes:
Today is the last day of regular registration.
rubyonrails.org was down for a while this week, but its back up now. Now would be a good time to think about when domain names you own might be expiring...
They guys at Envy Labs released a new gem this week (hey - I know them!).. Census is a rails gem that gives you everything you need to add a 'user poll' to your rails application. If you think this is something you might need to do someday, check out their sample app - you won't believe how easy it is to use.
The guys at CodeSherpas (hey - I know them too!) also released a gem this week - Business Time. Have you ever wants to say things like 3.business_days.ago and have it take into account weekends, or 4.business_hours.after(friday_afternoon) and have it take into account the start and end of your client's workday? Now you can, and all the scary math is done for you.
Two ruby community, open-source inspired development-aimed products have decided to close down this week. Caliper, the 'hosted metric fu' company we mentioned when they integrated with gemcutter, and RunCodeRun, the hosted continuous integration service, are no more.
From a business perspective, their blog posts about their closing are really informative.
We received an email this week from Jay McGavren who wanted us to share a blog entry he wrote about tweeting minified ruby scripts. Minifying scripts is a time-honored tradition in the C++ and Perl communities, which is why we thought it worth mentioning in a ruby context.
Michael Bleigh released the OAuth2 gem this week, right on the heels of FaceBook's initial release of their new api using OAuth2. If you do facebook development, or have been avoiding it because you've heard other developers' war stories, now might be the time to check it out.
This is a good article explaining why the guys at Rails Machine, who have to support just about every job backgrounder out there, have chosen Resque for their own use. They do a good job of explaining 3 key points that make it better for them than delayedJob, but don’t really bash delayedJob in the process. If you have a project that needs background tasks, this should be required reading before you choose a tool.
Exponential Backoff is a failed-job retry strategy that tries to prevent your server with failing jobs from becoming overwhelmed with retries. This tool brings that strategy to resque, and in this podcast we explain why it is a strategy worth considering.
This weekend I'll be at Corey Haines code retreat in Floyd, VA. and there is also a Rails 3 bug mash taking place at the Jumpstart Labs' offices in Washington D.C. Even if it is too late for you to particpate in those events, there are severl more coming up in the near future - check the websites for dates and locations.
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