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By Peter Cooper / June 11, 2010

This is a great idea. It’s still a couple of months way, but on you can sign up for more updates, or you can follow @celebratewhyday on Twitter.

If you want to reminisce in the meantime, Ruby Inside’s link-packed A Cup Full of Why: 32 Why The Lucky Stiff Links will get you started. Read More

By Peter Cooper / June 11, 2010

The tenth RubyConf has been announced. It’ll be in New Orleans, LA between November 11-13, 2010. You can’t register yet, but there’s a button to book a room at the official hotel.

Considering how quickly RubyConf sometimes sells out, it’s worthwhile following @rubyconf on Twitter to be sure to catch when registration opens in case I don’t let you know quickly enough..! Read More

By Giles Bowkett / June 10, 2010

Giles Bowkett – Ruby Inside’s Top Presenter of 2008 – contributes a guest post:

I created a 90-minute video called How To Get A Kickass Job, Making Six Figures Working (From Home) With The Stars Of Your Community, Even If You Just Got So Fired That The Cops Hauled You Out Of The Building In Handcuffs. Part of my magic formula includes understanding Google PageRank, and the best way to understand complex, abstract mathematics is to reduce them to a very short Ruby script. As an aside, you’d be surprised how many complex, abstract theoretical thingamajigs can condense down to just a few lines of easily understandable Ruby. Read More

By Peter Cooper / June 10, 2010

Simone’s library public_suffix_service makes it easy to parse any domain name into its TLD, unique domain name, and subdomain portions, following the myriad of rules regarding all of the different TLDs that currently exist. Read More

By Peter Cooper / June 10, 2010

Clojure, a dialect of Lisp, seems neat, but I can’t get over the endless sea of parentheses. It’s a shame a less noisy approach hasn’t come to the fore. If Clojure floats your boat, though, check out Peepcode’s Functional Programming with Clojure screencast. Read More

By Peter Cooper / June 10, 2010

An interesting experiment with EventMachine. The number of minor Ruby webapp frameworks has now hit triple digits :-) Read More

By Peter Cooper / June 10, 2010

DHH gives an insightful and accessible 38 minute walkthrough of some of Rails 3′s differences from Rails 2.0 and explains the motivations behind them. A particular focus is given to improvements made to the routing system (both for REST and non-REST URLs).

I’ve been a bit lukewarm on Rails lately, opting instead to strongarm Sinatra into doing whatever I want, but DHH’s keynote is a compelling overview that encourages me to give it a fair look.

The final release of Rails 3.0 is expected within the next few weeks, with a release candidate in the next week or so. Read More

By Peter Cooper / June 9, 2010

DataMapper, one of the best known Ruby ORMs (Object Relational Mapper), has reached a significant landmark: version 1.0. DataMapper is typically competing against ActiveRecord and Sequel amongst Ruby developers who want to talk to databases, but DM offers a number of unique advantages and is extremely flexible and modular (even supporting Redis-based stores). Read More

By Peter Cooper / June 9, 2010

I don’t know how fast Brian’s balls are, but I could escape the jQuery source code (about 164KB) about 1000 times per second on my iMac and that seems pretty fast. It was also very easy to install on OS X (everything is done with a gem install escape_utils).

Brian claims his C-backed library is 10-20x faster than existing Ruby-based escaping techniques for HTML and 16-30x faster for JavaScript. Read More

By Peter Cooper / June 9, 2010

Rails activist Gregg Pollack (of Ruby5 and RailsEnvy fame) has put together several new screencasts highlighting new Rails 3 features for the official Rails homepage. They’re all about 10 minutes long and cover topics like Action Dispatch, Action Mailer, Bundler, JavaScript integration and Action Controller. Read More

By Peter Cooper / June 9, 2010

Alex has clearly put a ton of effort into this. Despite being cross-platform, though, don’t get too excited if you plan to target Windows.

An interesting by-product of Bowline is rbyte, a Ruby 1.9.(1|2) library that “compiles” Ruby 1.9 source down to byte code and makes it easy to reload and use said code. Read More

By Peter Cooper / June 9, 2010

Tonight, Ruby Inside has changed for the better. If you’re reading on the Web, it will be immediately apparent, but if you’re reading via the feed, check out Ruby Inside is no longer a magazine-style blog – it’s a Daring Fireball-style tumblelog.


If you’ve been following Ruby Inside for a year or more, you might have noticed a severe slowdown in posts here over the last several months. This was down to a combination of being busy working on my startup,, and, frankly, being a bit burnt out writing posts every day for Ruby Inside. Read More

By Peter Cooper / June 1, 2010

The latest installment of my series of roundup posts, covering some of my latest findings in the world of all things Ruby. Why two “tidbits” posts in a row? Well, I’m radically redesigning/reworking Ruby Inside to be more interesting, both to you and me. This coupled with work on my new startup have reduced my available time a lot but, rest assured, everything will be crazy on Ruby Inside again within a week or so :-)

For now, enjoy!

DataMapper 1.0.0 RC3 Released

The third release candidate of popular Ruby ORM DataMapper has been released. I’ve become a bit of a MongoMapper and Redis guy myself lately, but ORMs like DataMapper and Sequel provide great alternatives to the ever-popular ActiveRecord ORM. Read More

By Peter Cooper / May 20, 2010

The latest installment of our series of roundup posts, covering some of our latest findings in the world of all things Ruby (or not). These items wouldn’t make it in as separate posts, but they should be of enough interest to Rubyists generally to make it a worthwhile browse for most readers.

Active Record “Intellisense” for TextMate

If you’ve used Microsoft’s Visual Studio development tools at all, you’ll be familiar with Intellisense, a powerful autocompletion tool. Carlos Brando (of Ruby Inside Brazil) has written in with news of a pseudo-Intellisense system for ActiveRecord users using TextMate. There’s a YouTube video that shows the system in action. Read More

By Peter Cooper / May 18, 2010

Rubinius or GitHub repo, an alternative Ruby implementation that’s built in Ruby itself – as much as possible, has this last weekend hit the coding equivalent of a Bar Mitzvah.. its 1.0 release! Congratulations to the Rubinius team, past and present, and everyone who has helped with its release – I didn’t know if you were going to make it for a moment there..

The Why: The History

Back in 2006, Geoffrey Grosenbach (of PeepCode) claimed to have made a bet by donating $1,000 to the then-new Rubinius Ruby implementation project founded by Evan Phoenix. It seemed more like an act of charity at the time, but Geoffrey had the last laugh in securing the naming rights to Rubinius 1.0, also known as Fabius. Read More

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