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.
The schedule and list of speakers for Canada on Rails has been announced. The conference is happening April 13-14th in Vancouver.
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.
Geoffrey Grosenbach has launched Ruby on Rails Workshops: A calendar for tracking training for Rails around the world. January alone has no less than 8(!) opportunities for getting wiser with Rails. Rock on.
Damien Merenne has just announced a Bazaar-NG SCM module for SwitchTower. All you bzr users now have one less reason to not use SwitchTower.
Damien has given permission for this module to be included in the next SwitchTower release, too. If you’ve got a pet SCM that you’d like to see supported by SwitchTower, just take a look at Damien’s code to see how little it really takes to implement a new SCM module. Then, implement it and submit it as a patch to http://dev.rubyonrails.org/newticket.
Rick Olson is a friend of the core group, an accomplished extender of Rails, the driver behind Rails Weenie, and a great guy to boot. If you’re looking to hire someone with strong Rails skills, give Rick a look.
Wade Winningham has collected a list of typical questions by Rails skeptics along with his best attempt to answer them. Do you have any more that would fit?
Ralf Wirdemann and Thomas Baustert have released Rapid Web Development mit Ruby on Rails. The first German book on Rails and published by Hanser. It should be available in stores from Monday, January 16th.
About the book, Ralf and Thomas write:
The book is a practice-oriented introduction into Rails and all of its sub-frameworks. The book focuses furthermore on some advanced topics as i18n with Rails or test-driven web development with Rails.
As a extra bonus, they’re even giving away a free introduction to Ruby that didn’t fit in the book. Congratulations, guys!
why the lucky stiff and Tim Fletcher have released a pretty cool templating language for Rails called Markaby that looks like Builder, but assumes a few more things to make it even more succinct and targeted against HTML. An Example:
html do head do title action_name stylesheet_link_tag 'scaffold' end body do p flash[:notice], :style => "color: green" self << @content_for_layout end end
All you need to do is install the Markaby plugin and you can start creating .mab files. Very cool.