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 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.
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.
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.
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".
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#.
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.
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 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 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.
Git and Github's popularity increase steadily in the Ruby space. A few Ruby related book projects are now hosted on Github. Gitjour is a new tool using the Bonjour protocol to distribute git repositories. Finally: Github makes it easy to provide gems of projects.
Google Charts is a web service for generating charts. In this article, Matthew Bass explains the Google Charts interface and the gchartrb library which makes easy to create the Google Charts URLs from Ruby code.
A major milestone for Rubinius: Rails, ActiveRecord and Merb have successfully been run on Rubinius.
RubyGems 1.1.0 was released with performance updates and other features. In other news: RubyGems now works on Rubinius.
In this interview, Eric Hodel talks with InfoQ about his longstanding involvement with the Ruby community, focussing on his recent role as the maintainer of RubyGems, the de facto packaging system for Ruby libraries and applications. Eric also discusses his local Ruby user group Seattle.rb and his involvement with the Ruby Hit Squad, creators of the deployment automation tool Vlad the Deployer