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RubyConf 2005 Agenda Release

Posted at 8:23 | 01 Jul. 2020

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RubyConf 2005 Agenda Released


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This week in 2005 saw the release of that year's RubyConf agenda. I always find these as a gold mine for really interesting information about what was going on in the Ruby Community at the time! I was tempted to make this week just highlighting the talks of the time but think you'll enjoy parsing the agenda as much as I did. Familiar faces included DHH and Matz, and other legends such as the late Jim Weirich and Ryan Davis. Would have loved to have been there!

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Converting Ruby to Javascript (fourteen years ago!)


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In 2006 this week London's Paul Battley had written a Ruby-to-JS converter in under 200 lines of Ruby code. It's hairy, and I didn't even try to run it nowadays. However it's a real treat to see folks looking at these issues when even JavaScript still feels so young sometimes. If you play around with the code let us know! (But I'm unsure how much use you'd get out of 2006-JS these days...)

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Let's collect some garbage


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Now if you want to dig into the real, REAL nitty gritty of Ruby history, it can be a lot to parse but the `ruby-talk` community is great. It's something I'm going to try to feature more. Today's `ruby-forum` only goes back to 2008, but you can still get back into the 2000's with some gumption. (Which we all have, right?) This week in 2005 we say an interesting post that piqued the Ruby community, having a dig into the GC and finding weird failing edge cases. I think sometimes it's too easy to just think of the Garbage Collector as a there be dragons area of Ruby and never play around with it. This thread and following discussion is a *great* example of that.

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Web spidering back in the day


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If _why is the Herodotus of Ruby circa 2003-2009, then Peter Cooper is the Tacitus of Ruby 2006-present. We are so grateful for all of his work the last decade to effectively chronicle the goings on of Ruby. Here he shares a neat tool of the time, Anemone, to manage your own spiders and configure your own web crawling. Neat!

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_why interviews DHH [PastRubies #9]

Posted at 12:45 | 18 Dec. 2019

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_why interviews DHH


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Christmas Eve 2004 (!) saw our favorite why the lucky stiff interviewing DHH. They cover Instiki, the future of Rails, music and skyscrapers.

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Peter Cooper's RubyInside releases the ultimate Ruby advent calendar


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What a treat for our readers to peruse over the Christmas Holiday break. As hinted last week, here is Peter Cooper's amazing Ruby advent calendar released back in 2006. You have interesting Ruby snippets, cool links, and even shnazzy wallpaper. If you're a Ruby history buff like me, this is a gold mine

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Why Rubinius matters to Ruby's future


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This post released 11 years ago this week by Reg Braithwaite goes into the importance of Rubinius. At that time Engine Yard had five full time staffers working on Rubinius. Pretty interesting discussion in the comments below.

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What makes Rails a framework worth learning in 2017


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Once in a while I'm allowed to treat myself to a link *not* on this week in history, right? We are likely to take a break during the festive season so it feels appropriate to wrap things up with this post from DHH. Enjoy!

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Rails 1.0 turns 14! PastRubies #8

Posted at 16:14 | 12 Dec. 2019

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10 more features in Ruby 2.5


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It's Christmas which means new Ruby time! But I think it's all too easy to forget the new features of recent versions so we can utilize the latest Ruby goodness! Here's a great writeup published this week in 2017 on those features in Ruby 2.5

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A pagination helper for Rails in 2004


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Well would you look at that! A little cheeky banter between Ruby legends _why and DHH this week fifteen years ago. This is a neat little peek into Rails pagination in 2004, a year before 1.0 was released! (Yes, it's that old of a problem space)

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What are events, why you might care, and how EventMachine can help


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This is a great little writeup on the EngineYard blog by Kirk Haines on events and event machine (published this week in 2011)

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The 2005 Ruby Advent Calendar


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Who remembers reading the Tucows blog back in the day? It was a massive source of info for Rubyists in the early coding days. Here's a glimpse into the Ruby Advent Calendar they were hosting in 2005 (note: the famous PeterC also had a few that may yet get featured this month!)

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Neat Ruby snippets 2004


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Gosh, I haven't hustled through the RubyTalk archives yet... That changes this week! Here's a pleasant fifteen year old (this week) thread on interesting Ruby snippets that accomplish cool things. (We're talking servers in six lines)

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The Ruby on Rails Whitepaper - Past Rubies #7

Posted at 14:55 | 04 Dec. 2019

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The Ruby on Rails White Paper, 10 years later


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This was actually released in the *autumn* of 2009, but was making the rounds on blogs a decade ago this week as more people discovered it. InfoEther and Mark Gardner released a very comprehensive Ruby on Rails whitepaper which covered everything from the current state of the framework, estimated developer population, to the community and ecosystem. For those of us who have been around a while or even fancy ourselves a bit of a "Ruby Historian", this is an unrivaled snapshot into the "State of Rails" in 2009.

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It's time for... SCIENCE!


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This week five years ago we got to see Jesse Toth give a talk about their work on Github's Scientist. This allows developers to compare, via the lens of 'science experiments', old code and refactored code. Enjoy the talk and the code!

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Snakes and Rubies Conf


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A whopping fourteen years ago saw Snakes and Rubies Conf, a collaborative conference between the Ruby and Python programming communities. You can check out a wrapup here, and plenty from DHH and crew at the link above. Since I run everything through the wayback machine, most of the old links SHOULD work.

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In memory of Ezra Zygmuntowicz


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In a massive loss for the Ruby community, we found out about the passing of Ezra five years ago this last week. To honor his memory, we have this very kind tribute from Mike Perham back in 2014. There is also this magnificent talk from Ezra himself where he goes through a lot of his journey.

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Speeding Up Rails with Aaron Patterson - Past Rubies #6

Posted at 11:20 | 24 Jul. 2019

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Speeding Up Rails with Aaron Patterson (2014-07-24)


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We lead this week with a great 2014 talk from Tenderlove on work being undertaken at the time to speed up Rails and a look at what we can do to improve our app benchmarking. Timeless!

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We got our Shoes (2007-07-30)


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Unceremoniously, _why unveiled his landmark library Shoes to the world twelve years ago this week! I don't know about you, but some of the most fun I had in my early days was building GUI native apps for my Mac in Shoes. Maybe it's time to go back....

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Playing Music with Ruby on Bells (2008-07)


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Hey, who says you have to be a Java pro to play with Arduino? Since at least 2008 we've had these fantastic projects using Ruby to operate hardware, as seen in this video of the Ruby on Bells project. To see the code and the walkthrough, check out the explainer here.

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Old School Tabbed Navigation (2006-07-23)


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We may be used to throwing up tabbed navigation with Bootstrap or any other major libraries today, check out a Ruby approach to tabbed navigation from thirteen years ago this week.

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My Favorite Parts of Ruby (2018-07-19)


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Wrapping up this week with another "one year ago" more recent segment, we are honored to share Ilya Bylich's fantastic post going over their favorite ruby bits. This is definitely an article that you want your IRB open for. See you next week!

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Building a Ruby Gem with Steve Klabnik - Past Rubies #5

Posted at 14:29 | 17 Jul. 2019

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Building a Ruby Gem with Steve Klabnik (2014-07-10)


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Half-a-decade-ago this week famous Rubyist Steve Klabnik put together a fantastic guide for building a Rubygem. If you've built many gems or never ventured into this territory before, it really is a fantastic read.

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Getting Your Feet Wet With Ruby on Rails (2005-07-15)


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Paul Adams, then columnist for webmonkey (if you remember that!), walks us through setting up a Ruby on Rails application this week in 2005. Once in a while we give you a really good peek into the past, this article does not disappoint!

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How to Build a Ruby on Rails Engine (2006-07-14)


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I'm sure you've heard about the benefits of using Rails engines to extend your Rails superpowers and also how well they mesh with Rails gem development. Enjoy this fantastic guide that came out this week in 2006 on just how to get it done.

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Another Great Ruby Shootout (2010-07-19)


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Remember when we shared that 'Ruby Shootout' article about a month ago? Well, here was a July 2010 version, showing how the various Rubies on different hardware compared agains each other. Neat!

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Redcloth 4.0 Released (2008-07-17)


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Ah, RedCloth, the Ruby gem for converting good ol' Textile into HTML. This is a gem we've gotten to see used a lot parsing through our resources for PastRubies. Well, eleven years ago this week it got its last major release (though there have been further releases since)

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