Camping: A micro-version of Rails

why the lucky stiff is at it again with his great stuff. This time he has produced a microframework called Camping in the spirit and feel of Rails, but clocking in at just 4kb! Sure, it won’t do what most people need most of the time. But often, there’s good value in doing a bit of what a few people need occasionally. Camping, as the framework is called, fits that description to a T.

And since it conceptually lies close to Rails, you could easily start a quick thing in Camping and then not have too much trouble porting it to be a full-grown Rails application if need be. Camping even uses ActiveRecord to make it all that much easier.

Checkout the insane and too funny announcement that even includes this classic description of XML sit-ups:

Pick a license for your Rails additions

Rails is released under MIT and only includes packages that are either directly under MIT or were re-licensed specifically for Rails under MIT. But not all plugins, generators, engines, or other types of additions are as explicitly clear as to what license they’re released under. It would be great if they were.

So, if you’re the creator of a Rails addition of any kind, please do pick a license and include it with your software. I recommend MIT.

O'Reilly's first Rails book premieres in beta form

O’Reilly has launched their Rough Cuts series with Ruby on Rails: Up and running as one of the first titles leading the charge. Rough Cuts is O’Reilly’s version of Beta Books or Early Access and gives you access to the content while it’s still being written.

Ruby on Rails: Up and running is written by Bruce Tate and Curt Hibbs. The final book is expected in May. Also of note for Railers on Rough Cut is Ruby Cookbook by Leonard Richardson and Lucas Carlson. That one is expected done in September. Not to be confused with the Rails Recipes by Chad Fowler (featuring recipes and secrets from the 37signals dome) that’ll be out in February.

So that marks four books currently available in final or beta form that focuses exclusively or partly on Rails: Agile Web Development with Rails (the original bible), Rapid Web Development mit Ruby on Rails, Ruby on Rails: Up and running, and Ruby Cookbook. That’s quite an achievement already!

And coming soon will be Chad Fowler’s Rails Recipes and David A. Black’s Ruby for Rails, which will bring us to a total of six books. And I believe there’s at least a good handful of additional books in the works. Rails is certainly on track to be the best documented web framework for the dynamic languages. Rock on.

Rails and the book both finalists for Jolt Awards

The Jolt Awards have been honoring products of excellence and high productivity for 15 years and this year both Rails 1.0 and Agile Web Development with Rails made the cut as finalists!

The announcement tells us that the book competes against such titles as Practical Common Lisp, Service-Oriented Architecture, and Wicked Cool Java. Rails 1.0 is going up against JBoss 4x, Coldfusion, and Zend Studio. Pretty exciting stuff. Hopefully we’ll be jolting in red shortly.

Rake 0.7.0 has been released

Rake 0.7.0 has taken a great leap forward with the addition of parallel execution tasks and namespaces. Upcoming releases of Rails will surely use namespaces, so please do familiarize yourself with them today. And many thanks to Jim Weirich for his continued stellar work on this.

Caching models with memcached

The Robot Co-op has released their memcache-client and a plugin for Active Record that uses it. This enables you to cache your models in the distributed memory cache and not hit your database for repeat visits all the time. They use this to power 43things and the rest of their social suite.