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Interesting Ruby Tidbits That Don’t Need Separate Posts #14

By Peter Cooper / January 20, 2008

Rubular - Online Ruby Regular Expression Editor


Rubular is a Web-based regular expression editor and tester for Ruby developers, and particularly well suited for those who don't find regular expressions particularly easy. Very slick.

FXRuby Book Available


Harmon Vinson reports that a new book is available in beta form from the Pragmatic Programmers, namely "FXRuby: Create Lean and Mean GUIs with Ruby." As you can expect, the book covers how to create GUI applications using Ruby and the cross-platform FOX widgets library using FXRuby. The only downside is that FOX, so far, has no native support for OS X's default Aqua window manager, but will work through X11.

Ruport Book Available


The Ruport Book, "Your Guide to mastering Ruby Reports", is now available to buy in both PDF and print form. The book covers the use of the popular Ruport Ruby Reports library and is by Gregory Brown and Michael Milner. If you're already using the Ruport library, this is a must buy.

Encrypted Cookies for Rails 2

Aaron Bedra takes a look at how you can get Rails to encrypt the cookies that go between your application and its users.

Faster Rails Routing (6.4x Faster!) On The Way

Michael Klishin writes in with news that Oleg Andreev has come up with a smart way to radically increase the performance of Rails' routing code.

Free Git Hosting

Johan Sørensen wanted everyone to know about his new open-source Gitorious project, which provides free Git repository hosting. As many Rails coders have switched from Subversion to Git recently, this deserves a mention on Ruby Inside. It is also worth giving Github, a similar site by Tom Preston-Werner and Chris Wanstrath, a mention although it is not accepting signups just yet.


  1. Hugh says:

    I'm not so sure Rubular is that new, I've been using it for a while. It's fantastic though and definitely worth pimping.

  2. Peter Cooper says:

    Thanks Hugh. It was new to me and only just becoming popular on so I thought it might have been new. I've removed the word "new" to avoid any confusion. Thanks!

  3. Markus says:

    I also just discovered Rubular as I have been doing some work on a parser. I also have RegexPal, as it has recently been open-sourced.

    While the two applications are similar, but I prefer working in Rubular.

  4. Ade says:

    Rubular is great but it would definitely be better if the matching window showed ALL matches as opposed to just the first match.

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