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The Red Dirt Ruby Conference is happening in Oklamona City on May 6th and 7th. Jacob Swanner and Gregg Pollack will be there teaching a Rails 3 tutorial, and if you'd like to join us it's not too late to grab a ticket.
We'll also be recording a Ruby5 live at the conference!
Ubuntu 10.4 was released yesterday and Jan Lelis wrote up a couple of RubyBuntu tutorials which contain all the information you need to get Ruby and Rails running smoothly along with command line and IDE tips.
Earlier this week Lee Jarvis released Cinch, an IRC Microframework for quickly creating IRC bots in Ruby. Cinch is definitely worth a look if just for it’s simplicity. It even allows you to specify named parameters when you define the words your bot responds to, kinda like Sinatra.
The arel library from Rails 3 gives us a great new syntax for creating queries. Under the covers arel converts your where conditions into sql is by using something called a PredicateBuilder. Ernie Miller recently put out a plugin called MetaWhere that takes advantage of these PredicateBuilders to give arel even more functionality.
When you’re working in a language as object oriented as Ruby, it can often get confusing when people start talking about the object model. If you find yourself trying to understand the object model of a class, perhaps one which has lots of parent classes, then it might be time to use a little known library called DrX. DrX is an object inspector that uses the Tk user interface toolkit and GraphViz to give you beautiful diagrams of all the classes, modules and singletons from a given class.
Adam Wiggins recently moved to using the Beanstalk background processor. In this article he talks about why he prefers Beanstalk over delayed_job and RabbitMQ, as well as introduces his new Ruby Beanstalk client, Stalker.
Text, by Paul Battley is a bunch of text algorithms which can help with advanced text matching functionality. Sphinx uses some of these algorithms, and now you can too.
If you're a fan of the Panic status board, then you might dig Sonia, a blossoming open source version of an office dashboard by Piotr Usewicz. So far the dash has twitter, campfire, github, Icinga network monitoring, and london tube information. Mind the Gap.
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This episode sees Jon Larkowski and Stephen Caudill mulling such topics as Action Mailer improvements in Rails 3, the Defender spam-fighting plugin, props to coderpath, Twurl, Markupslicer and Haml/Sass 3.
Saving neglected domain names, Census, Business Time, RIP Caliper and RunCodeRun, Minified Ruby Tweets, OAuth2 gem, Why you might want to use Resque, Rails3 Bug Mash, and Corey Haines' Code retreat, all on this edition of Ruby5.
Can Caike CanCan? Find out in his first episode hosting Ruby5, where we talk about Beetle, CodeRetreat, KeyMaster, state_machine, Steak, and Drift while doing the CanCan.
In this episode, Rocketeers Les and Paul cover automating heroku database backups, the reasoning behind bundler, the FlockDB client, IronRuby 1.0, Show Off!, the Pure RSpec talk, Learning Git, and Redwood.
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