After months and months of deliciously teasing screenshots, the real deal is now out for the world to see. The official Ruby language website has been redesigned. And what a wonderful design it is. Congratulations to the visual identity team and the contributors. It’s truly a work to be proud of.
RailsConf Europe is imminent. Come next Thursday and hundreds of Rails programmers will descend on London for two days of talks, tricks, and perhaps a pony show.
Despite an initially slower opening (compared to the 1 week sell-out madness of the Chicago fair!), RailsConf Europe has indeed managed to sell out the slated 300 seats and then some. All in all, I believe we’ll almost be pushing 400 people including speakers, staff, and all attendants. That’s pretty fantastic!
I’m especially pleased to see the final schedule too. Mostly because it looks very little like the Chicago one. We have different headliners like Kathy Sierra and Jim Weirich and the individual sessions are also completely their own. It’s great that we’ve been able to fill no less than four tracks with excellent content.
So a big thanks and congratulations to all who decided to go. I’m sure we’re going to have one heck of a show.
Crazy Egg lets you find out which links are popular on your page and presents the information in easy-to-understand heat maps. It’s incredibly well designed and a fantastic idea.
At 37signals, we’ve already picked up on a few themes of usage that’ll change the design on some of our signup pages.
There’s lots to love about Crazy Egg. They don’t call their initial release Beta, they dare charge real money for their product, and they offer a very simple product that’s just really darn useful.
Oh, and it’s all done with Rails. Crazy. Egg!
Tim Bray has announced that Sun Microsystems has hired Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo, the developers behind JRuby. Tim’s announcement has a FAQ that probably answers many of the questions you have. My favorite bit:
Is Sun responding to hype? Yes, if by “hype” you mean a genuine groundswell of interest in the developer community.
Congratulations to Charles, Thomas and Tim. It’s exciting to see Sun supporting this project, and it will be interesting to see what they produce.
Currently, the SDK contains a sample demonstrating: (1) Intergrating with a database, basic CRUD, and rails migrations. (2) Uploading and downloading files. (3) Downloading data directly from Flex and sending data to a new browser window directly from Flex. (4) a simple Directory Explorer. The last sample uses WebORB for integrating Flex with Rails.
Great news. Flash is on the fast track out its ghetto image and its exciting to see Adobe care about integration with the world around it.
Chris Wanstrath has a very nice detailed article on how to control and use sessions. Lean how to turn them on and off and which stores are good for what.
LiteSpeed Web Server is a commercial product that offers a free version for private and commercial use. With release 2.2, LiteSpeed Technologies has embraced the Rails community and provided built-in support for deploying Rails Applications.
According to their website, they are “the world’s best performing Ruby SAPI and easiest Ruby on Rails application setup”. I put their claims to a test in a couple of screencasts for your viewing pleasure.
If you haven’t checked out LiteSpeed yet, give it a try.
Obviously someone forgot to tell Tobi and crew that its impossible to do internationalization with Rails. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have been so foolish as to try. And now look what has become of it? Shopify checkout in multiple languages. Even Scottish!
All joking aside, congratulations to jaded Pixel. We’re eagerly awaiting the write-up on how you guys went international.
The latest version of Mephisto, the blog that powers Riding Rails, has been released. Justin Palmer has the nitty gritty details at the Mephisto Blog. Our focus for this release has been the simple Asset Manager, as shown in the screenshot. I feel it’s pretty solid for a blog, so future releases will focus on broadening the horizons with some more CMS capabilities.
Even if you’re not looking for a publishing tool now, there’s a wealth of good, unit tested code in the subversion repository.