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May 4, 2010: MacRuby and more

Cucumber, Dave Hoover, Dropbox, MacRuby, Rails, RailsRx, Ruby5, Watir, iPadNoel RappinComment

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MacRuby 0.6 is out. Big new features include a debugger, a new interface to Cocoa's Grand Central Dispatch, and a rewrite of the internals of basic Ruby classes.

In a related story, the early text of Matt Aimonetti's MacRuby book from O'Reilly is available for free online. Nice job all around.

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it here, but I use MacRuby and its ability to manipulate AppleScriptable programs to power my crazy-obsessive iTunes random playlist generator, so speed improvements are hoped for.

Book Update



Still in the Cucumber chapter. Had to go back to the beginning to make sure everything still made sense with Cuke 0.7. The end of proofing what I had is near, but I also need to write about newer features, most notably tags, and I need to make sure I still agree with all the ideas about when to use Cucumber that I had a year ago.

I changed the Cucumber in the chapter to use Capybara instead of Webrat, but it broke on test (having to do with a checkbox being checked). Not sure if it's an issue in Capybara, the Cucumber web steps, or me.

The book, of course, is still on sale.

Lulu raffle tomorrow, so get those address changes in if you need to.

And Then...



Big day for O'Reilly releasing stuff. Obtiva's Own Dave Hoover's book Apprenticeship Patterns was also released for free -- the whole book this time.

Gregg Pollack put together a big list of links on the official Ruby on Rails blog. All of these were originally covered on Gregg's podcast, Ruby5.

Brian Hogan has a set of matchers for using Cucumber with Watir, looks like it gives you in browser tests using a syntax similar to the existing Cucumber web steps, but more detailed.

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Dropbox for iPad is out as of last night. If you care about that, it's really nice.

April 20, 2010: One Day More

Dave Hoover, Obitva, RailsRx, ResqueNoel RappinComment

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As far as I know, everything is still good for the book to go on sale tomorrow. Tomorrow I'll post all the info -- url, cover, pricing. I don't plan to be subtle about it.

As for the writing itself, I finished the next drafts of the chapters on integration testing, webrat and capybara, the capybara bit probably still needs some more research. Right now I'm working on an article on mock testing for the Pragmatic Magazine, next up after that is probably a look through the Cucumber chapter, which I originally wrote about a year and umpteen skillion Cucumber releases ago.

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Not a lot today. Yehuda must be on vacation...

Video interview with Obtiva's Own Dave Hoover about his book Apprenticeship Patterns. The interview is conducted by Obie Fernandez. The book is full of useful things to do for anybody who is interested in learning. Which should be everybody.

Continuing the Dave Hoover theme, Dave is the person who first told me about Resque, and here's a nice blog post explaining why you should use Resque for background processing.

A sadder note, the Devver and the Caliper service will be shutting down on April 30. Too bad, they looked like interesting and useful services.