Ruby Weekly News

Ruby Weekly News: 09/09/2002

A summary of activity on the ruby-talk mailing list, brought to you
this week by Pat Eyler.




scanf for Ruby, version 1.1.0
The Texas Coding Fest crew has released the next version of
their scanf implementation … way to go guys!

drb-1.3.6 security hall
This is a security fix to drb. If you’re using drb, please

amrita V0.9.1(first beta release)
Amrita is an html/xhtml template library for Ruby.

libxml for Ruby. Sean is still pluggin away, and reported some
results on the Rubynet mailing list ( see
/000013.html for more info).

ruby-libxslt (see above)
A working, fully compliant, XSLT engine for Ruby.

yaml.rb is a ruby library for handling YAML, a data
serialization format. Documentation and a cookbook are
available at

WEBrick is an http server building library for ruby. After last
weeks request for Ruby Based App Servers, this seemed apropos.

PDX.rb meeting tonight (09/09/2002)
“We’re having a PDX.rb meeting tonight at 7PM at the Lucky Lab
pub on the north side of SE Hawthorne at 10th St.”

      I'll say it again, user groups rock! If there's one near you,
      support it. If there isn't, start one!

      BTW, PDX is Portland, Oregon ... for those who didn't know


Ruby Object Persistence Service
Gabriel Emerson put forward the idea of having an OR mapping
service. He posted a well thought out email describing (at a
high level) how it could work. The main advantage is that the
persistence mechanism is out of process from other Ruby
interpreters. Under this approach, there would be benefits for
mod_ruby users. A very interesting idea.

New List [ruby-modules]
Sean Chittenden has taken action to start a new mailing list
for Ruby developers. The list is intended for people that who:
write Ruby modules in Ruby, write Ruby modules in C/Ruby,
distribute Ruby modules, install Ruby modules, and are actively
engaged in developing software using Ruby modules. You can
subscribe here([1]).

Suggestions for the Ruby Community
It was brought to the communities attention that some people
perceive the state of documentation for the many Ruby modules
available to be sub standard and incosistently arranged. This
sparked a huge thread comparing to perldoc and how Python deals
with this. Jim Freeze stepped up to the plate offering to
spearhead a documentation standardization project for Ruby. He
presented an initial plan([2]).

Larry Wall’s comments on Ruby
Wow! Larry talks about ruby (well, he made a couple of
comments), and it ignites a huge thread on the mailing list.
Lots of folks ended up putting in their two or more, sometimes
much more ;), cents. A good read!


  2. http://www.ruby-talk.orb/49080