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  • Blog Post: Unicode Escape Formats

    The escape syntax for Unicode characters in every language, format and notation I've ever seen, and quite a few beyond. Handy.
  • Blog Post: Detect Windows in Ruby

    The proper way , so they say: require 'rbconfig' WINDOZE = Config::CONFIG['host_os'] =~ /mswin|mingw/ Sigh. Makes one yearn for Python. Even 1.5...
  • Blog Post: Scott Hanselman's 2009 Tool List

    Excellent round up of utilities, web sites and more for developers and power users. Only thing he missed is TSE :-)
  • Blog Post: 10 Unique Ruby Features

    The 10 , but 3 (implicit return values) and 8 (only nil+false are False) are negative features. FYI here's the 10 and how they compare with Python: Objects everywhere! -- Python supports OO but not solely, and has strong reflection features regardless of objects or not Blocks -- Python's...
  • Blog Post: ruby-prof

    Profiling Ruby code .
  • Blog Post: FasterBuilder

    A drop-in replacement for Builder::XmlMarkup which uses libxml for speed and security. The README notes a slew of minor caveats so it's not a perfect replacement, but it shouldn't be hard to configurably switch between them as needed.
  • Blog Post: Rails Searchable API Doc

    Nicely formatted API docs for Rails , available for both online use and downloadable for local searches(!). Formatting's much better than other sites I've found, and the local search smokes ri. NOTE: You need to customize the contents if you want Rails and Ruby APIs. I'm using the Rails 2.3.4 + Ruby...
  • Blog Post: Rails 2.3.3 is out

    Here . The JSON improvements sound nice. Of course, it's Rails - what's this release break? Sigh. Something to keep an eye on, but I'm not keen on being an early guinea pig.
  • Blog Post: I !(heart) Rails

    Ruby on Rails does some nifty things, trying to lull you into a false sense of submission - and then it springs this on you. For those unfamiliar with the glory and the horror that is RoR, let me enlighten you... Rails can parse incoming XML and hand it to you as a Hash . Makes sense. XML's inherently...
  • Blog Post: DeepTest

    This Ruby gem lets you run tests in parallel using multiple processes. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on Windows - it requires 'fork()' (which isn't implemented on Windows). Sigh. And me with this beefy quad core desktop.
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