The maintainer of ActiveMessaging for Ruby on Rails gives a comprehensive and informative introduction to his open-source framework, which enables enterprise messaging technologies to be easily integrated with Ruby on Rails applications, and is getting support from noted industry leaders such as James Strachan and Jon Tirsen.
ActiveRecord fails the DRY principle, especially if your database doesn't follow Rails naming conventions. As well, ActiveRecord associations and validations are redundant specifications of database constraints. Bryan wants to avoid (as much as possible) the situation where he's averse to making changes to his database schema, because of the resulting effort to change his app code.
A 5-year old, Dallas-based company named Spur is gaining attention and kudos within Ruby on Rails circles. Earlier this week it announced a new release of its popular GPL'd IT support tool named SimpleTicket. Managing Partner Alexander Muse was kind enough to share the story of SimpleTicket with InfoQ.