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RubyGems, the apt-get for ruby   25 Sep 04
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Why do I love Debian? Coz of the package management system. Now Ruby has the same nice feature, called RubyGems

Install:

ruby install.rb
See what is available:
gem --remote --list
Search for the string Doom in descriptions:
gem --remote --search Doom
Install progressbar:
gem --remote --install progressbar

Now relax, have a good milkshake in the sun. A big big thanks to the developers: Rich Kilmer, Chad Fowler, David Black, Paul Brannan, Jim Weirch, Curt Hibbs, Gavin Sinclair, etc.

PalmSync   25 Sep 04
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PalmSync is a Ruby(Scripting Language) library for syncing your PalmPilot with DBMS(MySQL and so on). You can also read/modify/create records in your PalmPilot using Ruby script in PalmSync. It now also supports reading pdb/prc file. PalmSync package contains some Ruby scripts and Ruby extention library for pilot-link. link

Skype for Linux is out   25 Sep 04
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Skype is a good VoIP program, that also does conference calls amongst several people reasonably well. It helps me cut down my phone bill :-). skype

Can You Learn YAML in Five Minutes?   25 Sep 04
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Source: _why, yaml.freepan.org) YAML is extremely simple to learn. The basics are extraordinarily simple. You may even find that you have unintentionally used YAML syntax when building lists or simple file formats.

It also helps if you have experience with any agile language (such as Ruby, Python, Perl or PHP). YAML was designed to suit these languages well and borrows a few basic ideas from them.

And look at the clock before you start. Jot the time down and we'll see how fast you are. [http://yaml.freepan.org/index.cgi?YamlInFiveMinutes]

Jackito Tactile PDA   25 Sep 04
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The Jackito looks like a new PDA with 7 processors and a gate array. Interview.

Getting Started With ExeRb   25 Sep 04
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(Source: Rubygarden) Exerb is one way how to generate .exe from Ruby scripts. www.rubygarden.org/ruby?GettingStartedWithExeRb

What's Shiny and New in Ruby 1.8.0?   25 Sep 04
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why has produced a must_read summary about new features in Ruby 1.8.0. whytheluckystiff.net/articles/2003/08/04/rubyOneEightOh

A Little Ruby, A Lot of Objects   25 Sep 04
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This is a draft book titled A Little Ruby, A Lot of Objects. It’s in the style of Friedman and Felleisen’s wonderful The Little Lisper, but on a different topic.

Welcome to my little book. In it, my goal is to teach you a way to think about computation, to show you how far you can take a simple idea: that all computation consists of sending messages to objects. Object-oriented programming is no longer unusual, but taking it to the extreme - making everything an object - is still supported by only a few programming languages.

Can I justify this book in practical terms? Will reading it make you a better programmer, even if you never use "call with current continuation" or indulge in "metaclass hackery"? I think it might, but perhaps only if you’re the sort of person who would read this sort of book even if it had no practical value.

The real reason for reading this book is that the ideas in it are neat. There’s an intellectual heritage here, a history of people building idea upon idea. It’s an academic heritage, but not in the fussy sense. It’s more a joyous heritage of tinkerers, of people buttonholing their friends and saying, "You know, if I take that and think about it like this, look what I can do!"

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Rake 0.40. is out   25 Sep 04
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Rake is a make-like utility written entirely in Ruby. It allows to you specify build target and actions, with the action being standard Ruby code.

You can get Rake from rubyforge. If you have rubygems installed, then all you need to do is

  gem -i rake

If you have a very recent version of rubygems (i.e. from CVS), then the gen-rdoc option finally produces a decent rendition of the Rake documentation locally.

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Using the right hammer ..   25 Sep 04
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(Source: Robert Martin (UncleBob) in the pragprog-list) As a contractor you must do the best job you can for your client. This includes picking the best language for the situation. I agree that there are situations in which Ruby might be the best technical solution, but the worst political solution. In that case, you cannot use Ruby — you must use a technically inferior, but politically preferable language. There are other situations — more and more of them — in which Ruby is politically acceptable, and technically superior.

 

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