Ruby Weekly News


(Dave Thomas) #1

Ruby Weekly News: 06/24/2002

A summary of activity on the ruby-talk mailing list, brought to you
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Ruby Password 0.1.0
Ian Macdonald has announced a release of Ruby/Password.
Ruby/Password is a set of useful methods for creating,
verifying and manipulating passwords. It includes an interface
to CrackLib, a library commonly used for checking password
strength. Get Ruby Password([1]).

FXRuby-1.0.11
Lyle Johnson has announced a new release of the popular FXRuby.
FXRuby is a set of Ruby bindings for the FOX GUI toolkit. Get
FXRuby([2]).

New Ruby.vim maintainer
Doug Kearns has announced his intentions to take over the
active maintenance of the ruby.vim syntax file for the popular
ViM editor. If you are a ViM user, keep your ruby.vim([3])
current.

Rpkg-0.3.4pre4
Massimilano Mirra has announced a pre-release to test the
ability to deal with precompiled binary packages. Rpkg is a
system to manage Ruby packages on your system including
dependency management. Get Rpkg([4]).

INTERESTING THREADS

Rpkg Repository
Massimiliano Mirra let us know what is currently in the
rapt/rpkg package repository. Most of the packages are pure
Ruby with experimental binaries have recently been made
available for testing purposes.

REXML in C?
A thread was started discussing the possibilities of REXML
written in C. Some people claimed it would be a good thing,
while others didn’t really see a need. The rather long thread
brought about some interesting perspectives on XML processing.

Inside Ruby IO
Yet again, a thread about the speed of Ruby IO resurfaced. Some
initial benchmarks where presented which where later revisited
with a more accurate comparison([5]). This discussion moved
towards the topic of how Ruby IO is handled internally and the
difficulties on making it fast and platform independent.

References

  1. %20http://www.caliban.org/ruby/
  2. http://www.fxruby.org/
  3. http://mugca.its.monash.edu.au/~djkea2/vim/syntax/ruby.vim
  4. http://www.allruby.com/rpkg/
  5. http://www.ruby-talk.org/42780/