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  • Effective Ruby LiveLessons - An Interview with Sam Phippen

    Effective Ruby LiveLessons by Sam Phippen is a series of video lectures explaining best practices used by expert Rubyists targeting all levels of Ruby programmers. The video lessons contain hands-on demonstrations to help the viewer understand how each item is put into action. InfoQ spoke with the author about the lessons learned from the video and Ruby on Rails best practices.

  • Twitter Shifting More Code to JVM, Citing Performance and Encapsulation As Primary Drivers

    While it almost certainly remains the largest Ruby on Rails based site in the world, Twitter has gradually been moving more and more of its stack to the JVM. Last year the company announced that its back-end message queue had been re-written in Scala, and more recently it moved the search stack to Java, making Twitter search around three times faster.

  • Learning Ruby on Rails with Michael Hartl

    Learning a new programming language can be a daunting task and at times difficult to know where to start. Now try to learn a new web framework at the same time and you have a recipe for confusion. We had the opportunity to talk with Michael Hartl about his approach to teaching people Ruby on Rails, his book the Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial, and the excellent video series with the same title.

  • Architecting TekPub - Moving from ASP.NET MVC to Ruby on Rails

    TekPub is a web site devoted to developers, giving them a source of focused on-line training in various topics from Microsoft Entity Framework to writing your own blog engine using Ruby on Rails. They are an interesting case about company who started on ASP.NET MVC and quickly moved to Ruby on Rails. We had the opportunity to talk with them about their technology turnaround.

  • What's IronRuby, and How Do I Put It on Rails?

    IronRuby is Microsoft's implementation of the Ruby language we all know and love with the added bonus of interoperability with the .NET framework. It's supported by the .NET Common Language Runtime as well as, albeit unofficially, the Mono project. This article gives an introduction to IronRuby, and discusses how to run Rails applications in IronRuby as well as potential issues to look out for.

  • Scout - Extensible Server and Application Monitoring

    Scout is an extensible server and application monitoring service which focuses upon ease of installation and configuration. Scout offers default alerts to help administrators understand how the application is behaving under various loads as well as allowing developers to create plugins to extend Scout.

  • Clojure and Rails - the Secret Sauce Behind FlightCaster

    FlightCaster, a realtime flight delay site, is built on Clojure and Hadoop for the statistical analysis. The web frontend is built with Ruby on Rails and hosted on Heroku. We talked to Bradford Cross about Clojure, functional programming and tips for OOP developers interested in making the jump.

  • Ruby in Practice with Jeremy McAnally

    InfoQ's Rob Bazinet and Matthew Bass had the opportunity to talk with Jeremy McAnally, about the book he co-authored with Assaf Arkin, Ruby in Practice. The book is not for the beginner looking to simply learn Ruby but for the Rubyist seeking more detailed guidance on specific topics.

  • The Well-Grounded Rubyist, David A. Black

    The Ruby language was first released 14 years ago and since that time as experienced great growth with thanks to Ruby frameworks such as Ruby on Rails. This book covers intricate details of the Ruby language today, including the latest Ruby 1.9.1, and gives developers a solid foundation for creating Ruby applications.

  • Talking RubyMine with JetBrains Developer Dmitry Jemerov

    One of the more interesting announcements recently coming to the Ruby community was the release of JetBrains RubyMine IDE for Ruby and Ruby on Rails applications. The Ruby community is known for not typically using an integrated development environment (IDE) such as .NET or Java developers use. Ruby developers usually stick to plain text editors such as TextMate, Vim and Emacs.

  • Gregg Pollack and the How-To of Scaling Rails

    Ruby on Rails has done well since its introduction a few years ago but has taken some criticism for not being able to scale. Developers know there is always a right way and a wrong way to solve any problem and scaling Ruby on Rails is no different. Learn about what is being done to address Ruby on Rails and scaling to the enterprise.

  • Amazing Charts In Rails

    A introduction to creating Flash charts using the FusionCharts Free from Ruby, complete with a feature comparison of other charting libraries.

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