Episode #265 - April 20th, 2012
The Authority Gem, Monitoring Federal Election money, redis_failover, getting rid of bundle exec, redis props, and more in this pre-railsconf ruby5.
New Relic is throwing a birthday party at RailsConf! Congratulations on your 4th birthday, NewRelic!
Stop by the RailsConf booth to see it in action, and get 30 days of NewRelic free! You can't beat Free! New Relic also rolled out integration with Amazon's new AWS Marketplace this week - if you're using AWK Marketplace to find and host apps for you, you owe it to yourself to get a free NewRelic account and hook it up. You'll be surprised what you learn.
Nathan Long has published Authority, an authorization library that strives for a no-nonsense API, easily hooking into any mechanism that provides the concept of a current_user.
Derek Willis from the New York Times wrote in to tell us about FECH, the ruby gem that parses Federal Election Commission electronic campaign filings. The Huffington Post, Thomson Reuters and the Associated Press, among others, have used Fech to help follow the money from political contributions.
Ryan LeCompte wrote in to tell us about his redis_failover gem. redis_failover attempts to provides a full automatic master/slave failover solution for Ruby, and also provides a RedisFailover::Client wrapper that is master/slave aware.
'bundle exec' no more! Install this gem, regenerate your gem binstubs, and you're done!
Obie Fernandez released redis-props this week, an extraction from his Due Props startup that gives a DSL for extending the properties of your domain objects into your Redi store.
In our witty banter, we also mention Nate Weiger's redis-objects for comparison.
Joe Sak has been writing up summaries of some of the RubyNation talks he attended, and we thought Russ' talk was awesome enough to be a conference keynote.
Included in this podcast only as a guilty pleasure, the source code to the original Apple ][ version of Prince of Persia is up on github. Jordan Mechner also has an ebook and some video about the making of the game.
Monday evening, right after the last RailsConf talk, BohConf will be sponsoring a 'pullathon' - a contest to encourage open source contributions. There will be prizes for the top pull requests generated from the event.