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  • RFactor: Ruby Refactoring Support for Text Editors

    RFactor is a Ruby refactoring tool that aims to bring automated refactoring support to text editors. We talked to its developer Fabio Kung to learn how it works and what's planned for the future.

  • Ruby 1.9.1 Library Compatibility Roundup

    Ruby 1.9.1 is out - the first stable release in the 1.9.x series. Ruby 1.9.1's performance improvements are a compelling reason to upgrade - but for now, library compatibility varies greatly. We take a look at what's confirmed to work, and ways to keep track of the progress.

  • DebGem: Ruby Gems for Debian

    DebGem is a new service from Phusion that properly integrates Ruby Gems into Debian-based Linux distributions. We talked to Hongli Lai and Ninh Bui from Phusion to learn more about the project.

  • JRuby 1.1.6 Released, Improves Ruby 1.9 Support

    JRuby 1.1.6 is now available. The latest release brings the usual list of speed improvements and bug fixes, but a big new feature is the full support for parsing Ruby 1.9 source code, as well as improved Ruby 1.9 support.

  • Interview: Yehuda Katz Explains Merb

    In this interview from RubyFringe, Yehuda Katz talks about the design principles behind Merb and its focus on a stable API. Yehuda also mentions Yard, an RDoc replacement, which provides a simple way to define contracts for Ruby methods.

  • Ruby FFI Brings Native Library Access to JRuby, MRI

    The Ruby FFI library allows to access native code loaded from shared libraries. Created for Rubinius, it was recently ported to JRuby, MRI (1.8 and 1.9). Ruby FFI 0.2.0 has now been released.

  • Merb Roundup: Merb 1.0, EngineYard Will Offer Merb Support

    Merb 1.0 has been released. Some last minute changes included improved JRuby and Windows support (action arguments support under JRuby). Also: EngineYard announced support for Merb.

  • ParseTree 3.0 Released, Many Related Libraries Updated

    Ryan Davis announced the release of ParseTree 3.0, as well as an update to related libraries: Ruby2Ruby and Flog. Sexp_processor, the library to write visitors for analyzing parse tree s-exprs was split out as a gem. Also: ruby_parser 2.0, a Ruby parser written in Ruby, was released with many improvements.

  • Ruby 1.9 Roundup: State Of i18n and Unicode, Feature Freeze for 1.9.1, Gems 1.3

    Work on Ruby 1.9.1, the first stable release of Ruby 1.9.x, has just passed its feature freeze milestone, the 1.9.0-5 release is just around the corner. Ruby Gems 1.3 was released and added to 1.9.x, and a few changes were added to better support Unicode with Ruby.

  • Interview: Reginald Braithwaite on Rewrite

    In this interview, Reginald Braithwaite talks about his past experiences with languages, programming, and software development, and what attracted him to Ruby. He also talks about Rewrite, a collection of features which add "sexp-rewriting meta-programming to Ruby".

  • Interview: Neal Ford On Programming Languages and Platforms

    In this interview made by Sadek Drobi during QCon San Francisco 2007, Neal Ford talks about the tendency of having multiple languages running on one of the two major platforms existing today: Java and .NET. He also presents the advantages offered by Ruby compared to static languages like Java or C#.

  • Pros and Cons of GitHub vs RubyForge as Gem Source

    GitHub recently added its own RubyGems server with an integrated Gems release process. Only problem: these Gems are not automatically available because RubyGems defaults to RubyForge as source. We talked to RubyGems maintainer Eric Hodel, PJ Hyett from GitHub, and Tom Copeland from RubyForge about the problems and possible solutions.

  • Ruby PDF Generation Made Easier and Cleaner with Prawn.

    There are several existing ways to generate PDF with Ruby. Unsatisfied with existing solutions, Gregory Brown decided to design his own faster library, which uses a DSL approach to generate PDF. InfoQ caught up with Gregory, who also founded a community funded development venture: Ruby Mendicant.

  • JRuby Roundup: 1.1.3, rcov4jr, Rubinius MVM and FFI

    JRuby 1.1.3 was released with Gems 1.2, improved performance, and many other fixes. Meanwhile the library support for JRuby increases, with a JRuby version of rcov in the works, as well as ports of Rubinius' Foreign Function Interface (FFI) and its MVM API.

  • RubyGems Roundup: 1.2 Release, JRuby, Faster Gem Releases

    RubyGems 1.2 has been released with improved speed and new features such as development and runtime dependencies, and more. Upcoming versions of JRuby and Ruby 1.9 will ship with this release. Also: Tom Copeland reports changes to Rubyforge promise faster Gem releases.