Editorial: Did the blogosphere kill the Ruby magazines?
I'm currently putting together the list of publications that my publisher, Apress, can send and push my book to. Unfortunately Ruby has a rather lacking publishing ecosystem, but I figure I'd try "ruby magazine" in Google none the less.
The first relevant result is Ruby Code & Style. This site used to be quite good to read, but about the time that Ruby Inside launched.. it stopped. The last article was published on May 23, 2006. Created by Artima, RC&S had/has an impressive list of names on its advisory board, including DHH, Jamis Buck, James Britt, Hal Fulton, Eric Hodel, matz, and.. too many Ruby heroes to name. What happened?
Moving down, we get the Rubyist Magazine. It's good, but it's in Japanese, and published every two months or so. I can't tell if they have an offline version, but each version online is reasonably deep with several feature articles.
Next is an announcement on the O'Reilly Ruby blog by Pat Eyler about an exciting new Ruby magazine from January 2006 called Red Letter: The Ruby Journal. Sounds good, but the domain is already in parking mode.
And, well.. that's pretty much it. Two dead English language magazines and one thriving Japanese one. Did the blogosphere lead to their demise? Are there any other good magazines? Do any generally available print magazines cover Ruby to any depth? Is this a problem to be fixed, or are we to accept we're in a 'new world' of publishing where blogging matters more? I don't have a solid opinion either way, but can't help to lament the lost off RC&S at least.