Dave Thomas and Mike Clark will be playing for a full house in Reston as they deliver their first Pragmatic Studio workshop on Ruby on Rails. Congratulations, guys!
Refactoring Rails is a new site in the making by Jeremy Voorhis and Robby Russell that’ll focus on how you can make sure that “…your code is for a human first and a computer second”. Signup to be notified on launch.
A bunch of good articles on various Rails-related topics lately:
- Bar graphs with gruff: Make Keynote-like pretty graphs with RMagick without breaking a sweat.
- The Joy of Migrations: Step by step on how to turn your database schema into an agile gel.
- Supporting Themes In Your Rails Application: Make your application come in different shapes and colors
- Rails Routes – :controller/:action/:id VS. :controller/:id/:action: An alternate approach to the default Rails routes
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.