Mike Clark has written a very thorough guide and explanation for the change in testing defaults we arrived at with Rails 1.0. It goes through what to change and why you should care. Great stuff.
One of the more exciting new community features in Rails 0.14 is the plugin system. It drastically lowers the barrier for people that wants to distribute their changes to the framework and for those that want to use said changes. But we haven’t yet arrived at a conclusion on how to track and aggregate these plugins, so far now the good ol’ wiki will do. Checkout the Plugins page on the Rails wiki.
We’ve pushed out the third release candidate for 1.0 of Rails. This release most prominently fixes a memory leak with render_component (which affected Typo among others), the scaffolding bug, and a number of other small things. Please do upgrade. If you’re already running 0.14.1 (RC2), then you don’t need to change anything in the application.
The Rails podcast is back in business with a handful of new shows conducted by Geoffrey Grosenbach of Topfunky. There are interviews with Amy Hoy, Obie, Matt, and Thomas Fuchs. And Geoffrey promise to keep the deliveries regular. Fire up that nano.
Our trusty Rails server Wrath was generating cruft and crust faster than you could say we-have-no-sysadmin, so at RubyConf we decided to remedy the situation and ask for help. Dan Peterson stepped up to the plate and is now officially the new Rails systems administrator. Welcome on board, mate!
And wasting little time, he has already cleaned a few rough corners for performance and, more importantly, upgraded and fixed Trac — the software that runs dev.rubyonrails.com. So no more timeouts, better performance, more features.
Seth Banks has launched Skunk Studios. It’s a games portal for mini-games available for single play or buy. Neat stuff.
Sebastian Delmont from New York City is looking for 1-2 full-time (no telecommuting) Ruby on Rails developers for a new consumer-focused startup. Write him sd at notso.net. 3 Leaf Networks is looking for a single programmer in Santa Clare for work on another start-up in Rails.
Robby on Rails has a great introduction to named placeholders in Rails. Making ActiveRecord::Base.find more readable and secure at the same time, what’s not to like? Please Robby, or someone else, turn a succinct version of this argument into a documentation patch.
Sam Stephenson and Marcel Molina are no longer available for custom consulting jobs through Ionist. Both are now “made men” of the 37signals syndicate. They will certainly continue to amuse us all through projectionist, though.
That restores the 37signals part of the Rails core to 1/3. Still down from 1/1 in January and 1/2 before going to a counsel of 12. But once again respectable ;)