Archive for January, 2007

North Bay Ruby Users Group Formed

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

I’m pleased to announce a new Ruby Users Group for folks north of San Francisco (or who like to go to Sebastopol, CA): the North Bay Ruby Users Group with a first meeting on February 15th, 2007 at 7:30pm 7:00pm. O’Reilly has graciously offered us their meeting space, so we’ll be holding the meetings at the office in Sebastopol, CA (directions). The initial schedule for meetings is the third Thursday of each month, but we can have a discussion about whether other times work better at the first meeting. If you’re interested in learning more, please sign up for the mailing list.

[Full disclosure: Both Rob Orsini (the author of the recently released Rails Cookbook) and I are both employees of O'Reilly Media, so I can't pretend that holding the meetings here was a total accident.]

The agenda, as well as everything else, for the first meeting is still in flux, but Rob and I are planning to do a presentation on how O’Reilly uses Ruby internally, from small internal Rails sites to Atom Publishing Protocol libraries to XML processing. We can spend the rest of the time getting to know each other, eating pizza, and planning upcoming meetings. If you’d like to make a presentation at a future meeting or know someone who should, please join the mailing list and make suggestions (even if you can’t make it every month).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

PS: Yeah, the website is pretty crappy right now, we’ll be making it more useful in the coming days, adding a wiki and all that. For now, just be happy it isn’t this.

Sometimes, a Picture Speaks Louder Than Words

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Especially a picture of SVN commit messages:
Nasty Commit Logs

PS: That’s an RSS feed via Trac, a decent tool if you can manage to set it up…

BDD, rspec Worth the Fuss?

Friday, January 19th, 2007

So, I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz lately in the Ruby community about BDD and rspec. Like this person on ruby-talk, I didn’t really understand what all the fuss was about. However Dave Astels’ great Google Tech Talk video (worth watching in full rather than just a part, thanks James Britt) has at least inspired me to download rspec and start playing around.

I’m pleased to see that rspec has support for both rcov and heckle built-in, as I’ve been enjoying both recently.

Rails Cookbook Released

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Rob Orsini’s Rails Cookbook has finally hit the store shelves. Go grab a copy because of how nice it makes you look:

Rob's Daughter Reading Father's Book

More from Rob here.