RubyGems Roundup: Release 1.5 for Ruby 1.9 and Gem Testers

by Mirko Stocker Follow 1 Followers on  Feb 11, 2011 2

The new RubyGems release 1.5 fixes the problems with Ruby 1.9.2. Gem Testers makes it easier to develop Gems that work on many different Ruby implementations and platforms.

Followers Replaces RubyForge as Gem Host

by Paul Blair Follow 0 Followers on  Mar 30, 2010

With a recent announcement from Nick Quaranto, has become the default gem source for RubyGems. The three domains,, and now all point to the same place, and gem serving and installation work for all three. is the main web front end, to which the other two sites redirect. The secure site,, is also now live.


Maven and JRuby Roundup: Maven_gem Brings Maven Libs to RubyGems, GemCutter Inspires JavaGems

by Mirko Stocker Follow 1 Followers on  Dec 18, 2009 1

JRuby's Charles Nutter is making Maven artifacts installable as RubyGems. An alternative to using Maven is JavaGems, built on RubyGems, Bundler and Gemcutter to make it easier to install libraries for Scala, Clojure and other JVM languages. Also, JRuby gets the ability to generate real Java classes.


Ruby Tools: Yard 0.4 Adds Live Doc Server, Gem Bundler Handles Dependencies

by Werner Schuster Follow 9 Followers on  Nov 15, 2009

Documentation generator Yard's 0.4 release adds new features such as a live documentation server which allows users to comment on the docs. The new tool Gem Bundler allows flexible dependency management.


RubyForge To Be Phased Out, Takes Over Gem Hosting

by Werner Schuster Follow 9 Followers on  Oct 26, 2009

The maintainers of GemCutter and RubyForge announced plans for phasing out RubyForge. The Gem hosting will, more or less seamlessly, move to (currently GemCutter), while project hosting will have to move to other existing sites such as GitHub.


GitHub Stops Automatic Gem Building

by Werner Schuster Follow 9 Followers on  Oct 10, 2009

GitHub has stopped automatically building Gems, and will stop their Gem server a year from now. The GitHub team suggests Gemcutter as alternative Gem hosting site next to RubyForge.


Ruby DCamp is Challenging the Economy

by Robert Bazinet Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 02, 2009

The slowdown in our economy has not only effected jobs but also other things developers take for granted such as attending conferences. Conference organizers are trying to up come with creative ways to attract attendees. One such conference is Ruby DCamp being held September 18-19, 2009 in Washington, D.C.


The Future of _why's Libraries such as Markaby and Hpricot

by Werner Schuster Follow 9 Followers on  Aug 25, 2009

With the sudden disappearance of _why, some popular libraries as Markaby, Hpricot and others are orphaned. We look at the effort to find maintainers for some, and at replacements for other libraries.


Presentation: Under The Hood

by Werner Schuster Follow 9 Followers on  Jun 20, 2009 1

David Chelimsky takes a look at the Ruby Gems system - and a few very useful Gems: hpricot, builder, mocha, hoe, bones, and more.


Rip: A New Package Management System for Ruby

by Mirko Stocker Follow 1 Followers on  Jun 14, 2009

Rip is a new package management system for Ruby. Why a new package management system? We talked to Rip developer Chris Wanstrath from GitHub to learn more.


RubyGems Roundup: Fat Binary Gems, Is It JRuby and New Plugins

by Mirko Stocker Follow 1 Followers on  Jun 02, 2009

Aaron Patterson has a solution for native Windows RubyGems that support both Ruby 1.8 and 1.9 at the same time: fat binary gems. Is It tracks JRuby compatibility for popular Gems; and some new RubyGems plugins emerged.


RiCal: A New iCalendar Library for Ruby

by Mirko Stocker Follow 1 Followers on  May 11, 2009

RiCal is an implementation of RFC2445, better known as the iCalendar format. We talked to its creator Rick DeNatale to learn why Ruby needed a new library for parsing and generating the iCalendar format.


RubyGems Gets Plugins

by Mirko Stocker Follow 1 Followers on  Apr 22, 2009 1

RubyGems 1.3.2 introduced a new feature: plugins that can hook into the install process and provide new commands. An example is Ryan Davis' graph that visualizes dependencies between installed Gems. We talked to RubyGems maintainer Eric Hodel to learn more.


Advancing the Ruby 1.9 Adoption

by Mirko Stocker Follow 1 Followers on  Mar 26, 2009

Ruby 1.9 adoption hasn't made much progress yet, the biggest problem being Gems that don't work with Ruby 1.9. "Ruby 1.9 Or Bust" is a new project that aims to increase the 1.9 compatibility for popular Gems.


Ruby Deployment Roundup: Vlad 1.3, Capistrano Maintenance Handover

by Robert Bazinet Follow 0 Followers on  Mar 06, 2009

The recent announcement Jamis Buck is ending development of Capistrano has left many wondering the future of this deployment tool. The release of Vlad 1.3 gives others hope as an alternative.

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