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BizConf is a premier business learning and networking event for leaders of web design and development. The presenters are all specialists in their fields and speak about the nuts, bolts, and secrets of succeeding in business — especially in the challenging technology industry. Check out the schedule here and use the link here on Ruby5 to get 43% off the ticket price. Gregg will be running a 3 hour Screencasting and Podcasting workshop at the event.
Recently, James Harton released Muninator, which allows you to monitor the the internals of your Rails application. Statistics can be gathered not just for the overall request, but also broken down by controller and even model. If you want to track and manage your own application statistics, this may be a good option for you.
Scott Wheeler, on Directed Edge, just wrote up and released his new gem, called QActiveResource. It's an ActiveResource extension that utilizes customer C++ Qt extensions to process XML, outperforming the default AR parser and even Nokogiri. The source code, benchmark suite, and results are all available on GitHub.
Simone Carletti dropped us a line this week to let us know about his ongoing blog series entitled "Inside Ruby on Rails: Reading Source Code." So far, the series has five articles covering Ruby coding techniques that he's learned from reading the Rails source. The topics covered include extract_options, benchmarking, Delegate, rescue_from, and serializing using JSON.
Justin Weiss released a small, but useful Test::Unit extension called resque_unit. This extension gives you assert_queued, assert_not_queued, and run! calls, among other things. This allows you to easily unit or integration test your application's Resque implementation.
The current implementation of Rails asset caching, in some cases, is broken. Firstly, many proxies do not cache resources whose URL contains query string parameters, by default. Second, if your application runs across multiple servers, you may be reporting different time stamps for each installation, depending on the server which generated the HTML. However, the Asset Fingerprint plugin by Elliot Sykes aims to fix this by generating URLs based on a hash of the file content.
Dropbox is an incredibly useful application for storing and syncing files across multiple machines and operating systems.; and with under 2GB stored, it's free. Using Tim Morgan's RDropbox gem, you can access, manage, and manipulate your Dropbox content with Ruby, using OAuth.
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Wynn Netherland joins Gregg live from Red Dirt Ruby Conference, where we get Analytical about doing test driven sysadmin with my Babushka, additing missing test helpers with Runningman, enjoying the extra speed with Cucumber 0.7, and doing the monster_mash while hacking voicemail, and editing a Tumblr theme with Thimblr.
ice_cube, by_star, monitoring the JVM with JRuby, resque-restriction, jquery-offline, GoogleVisualr, and Ruby on Rails Jargon for Beginners, as well as plenty of witty repartee on this linguist-sponsored episode of Ruby5.
This friday episode Caike and Gregg visit Dr. X and discuss MetaWhere, Cinch, Stalker, RubyBuntu, text algorithms, and the awesome office dashboard - Sonia.
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.
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