I have written the Ruby Weekly News for 18-24th October 2004:

	http://www.rubygarden.org/ruby?RubyNews/2004-10-18

The web version is nicer than plain text (lots of hyperlinks), but if you're
reading this offline then the output from "lynx -dump" is below.

I hope to continue writing this each week, but no promises ;-)
Feedback is welcome.

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Ruby Weekly News 18-24th October 2004

   A summary of the week's activity on the ruby-talk mailing list / the
   comp.lang.ruby newsgroup. There were 634 articles in 149 threads. This
   summary is brought to you by Tim Sutherland ([7]TimSuth).

Introduction

   From 2001/12/8 to 2003/06/16, the Ruby Weekly News provided a weekly
   summary of announcements and other interesting ruby-talk threads.
   [8]http://www.rubygarden.org/rurl/html/index.html has the archives,
   and ideas for improving the service are at [9]RubyNews.

   It's back...

Ruby in the News

     * [10][Introduction to Rubyx Linux - OSNews.com]

          Rubyx is a source-based Linux distribution in which
          installation, configuration and so on are handled with Ruby
          scripts. There is a [11][Rubyx on OS News thread] on ruby-talk
          discussing the article.

     * [12][Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide -
       Slashdot.org]

          The second edition of [13]ProgrammingRuby was reviewed on
          Slashdot. The ruby-talk thread starts [14][here].

Announcements

     * [15][Ruby/Tk translation]

          Benjamin Peterson translated Koji Arai's [16]RubyTk
          documentation from Japanese into English. "(why yes, all 200
          pages and 102 footnotes)". The translation was [17][posted to
          the web].

     * [18][diff2html - Pretty-printing big patches]

          Dave Burt wrote a script to turn a unified diff into
          side-by-side HTML output.

     * [19][Catapult: WEBrick application for dynamic execution of code
       via HTTP]

          James Britt wrote an application called [20][Catapault] that
          maps URLs onto Ruby file and class names, caching the resulting
          objects after the first instantiation.

     * [21][Rubyist Magazine vol.2 (in Japanese)]

          SASADA Koichi announced the [22][second volume] of a Ruby
          Magazine. It includes interviews, reports on conferences,
          tutorials and tricks.

     * [23][svg graph generator, early release]

          Simon Strandgaard released an experimental tool for generating
          SVG graphs.

     * [24][rpa bash programable completion]

          Brian Schröäer "hacked together" [25][support for bash
          completion] for the rpa packaging tool. Mauricio FernáÏdez
          [26][decided] to include it in the next release of
          [27][rpa-base].

     * [28][ruvi 0.4.12 PRERELEASE [rpa and gem]]

          Alexander Kellett presented some first attempts at creating a
          GEM for [29][ruvi], a VIM clone written entirely in Ruby.

     * [30][Nitro 0.1.2]

          George Moschovitis announced version 0.1.2 of Nitro.
          [31][Nitro] is a web application framework utilising XSLT for
          web templates and having features such as distributed state and
          caching.

     * [32][DocDiff 0.3.1]

          Hisashi MORITA introduced [33][DocDiff], a program for showing
          the difference between two files, either word by word,
          character by character or line by line. It has several output
          formats and supports various encodings including ASCII, UTF-8
          and EUC-J.

     * [34][Needle 0.6.0]

          Jamis Buck announced [35][Needle], a "dependency injection
          (a.k.a. "inversion of control") container for Ruby." This is
          used when a number of modules of code all need to know about
          each other. Needle is used to register "services" and handle
          the dependencies between them. Dependency injection means that
          Needle takes responsibility for instantiating the different
          services. This means that the services can be written without
          any knowledge of the framework. Jim Weirich has written a good
          [36][description] of dependency injection.

     * [37][Rabbit 0.0.4]

          Kouhei Sutou came out with Rabbit 0.0.4, then quickly released
          0.0.5 to fix a critical bug on the Windows platform.
          [38][Rabbit] is an application that uses RD markup to generate
          slides for presentations. It's now easier to install on
          Windows, has a couple of new themes and is customised for
          Japanese, English and French.

     * [39][Ruby/ActiveLDAP 0.5.1]

          Will Drewry announced a new version of [40][Ruby/ActiveLDAP], a
          library which provides an object oriented mapping of LDAP
          objects to Ruby objects. It can now be installed with
          [41]RubyGems and many bugs were also fixed.

     * [42][RubyGarden FAQ Revival]

          Chad Fowler was happy to declare an updated [43][RubyGarden
          FAQ], which David Alan Black has rewritten in [44][Rails]. He
          went on to say "This release is part of a greater
          [45]RubyGarden revitalization that is underway. If you have
          ideas for content and/or [46]RubyGarden improvements, now's a
          great time to let me know."

     * [47][Ruby-GetText-Package-0.7.0]

          Masao Mutoh announced the latest version of the
          [48][Ruby-GetText] package, a Native Language support library
          and set of tools modelled after GNU gettext.

     * [49][XHTMLDiff 1.0.0]

          Aredridel released [50][XHTMLDiff], a tool to show the
          difference between two XHTML documents using <ins> and <del>
          tags.

     * [51][Rails 0.8]: Just shy of 100 additions, changes, tweaks, and
       fixes!

          David Heinemeier Hansson announced a new release of
          [52][Rails], a web-application framework for Ruby. This release
          includes many bugfixes and new features, including a new
          framework called "Action Mailer" for email services like
          password reminders.

Threads

   Interesting threads this week include ...
     _________________________________________________________________

   [53][Can one simulate go to in Ruby? Is it possible?]

   Roman K9 got more than he bargained for when he asked "Is it possible
   to have a go to in Ruby without having a go to?" Solutions using
   callcc were presented, and Matt Maycock gave a program that someone
   described as an "Unholy morphing of Ruby into Basic". Continuations
   were also discussed in [54][another thread].
     _________________________________________________________________

   [55][[QUIZ] Regexp.build() (#4)]

   The fourth Ruby Quiz was to build a regular expression to match
   integers matching lists and ranges. For example

 year = Regexp.build( 98, 99, 2000..2005 )
 "04"   =~ year     # => false
 "2004" =~ year     # => true
 "99"   =~ year     # => true

   A [56][summary] of responses was later posted.

   Another thread [57][began].

   The [58][summary] of last week's Quiz (Geodesic Faces) was also
   posted.
     _________________________________________________________________

   [59][Re: ruby-dev summary 24298-24353]

   This thread began several weeks ago, but this week there was some
   discussion of "functors" as polymorphic proc. It all started with
 Nowake proposed that a Proc object should be invoked with
 any method name like that:

 m = Proc.new( :to_s ) { 'test1' }
 p m.to_s   # => 'test1'
     _________________________________________________________________

   [60][trace_func parameters (Re: ruby-dev summary 24298-24353)]

   This isn't much of a thread, comprising a single post from Matz,
   however it is a very useful description of the parameters to
   "trace_func". It is listed here in the hope that someone will put the
   information somewhere permanent, such as on the [61]RubyGarden Wiki.
     _________________________________________________________________

   [62][A concise description of Ruby?]

   Curt Hibbs wrote
 Yesterday, a co-worker came into my office and saw the shiny, new pickaxe II
 book on my desk and said "What is Ruby?"

 Unfortunately, I really blew the opportunity as I attempted to come up with
 a brilliant one or two sentence description. The best I could muster was
 something like, "Uhh... err... it's kind of like perl or python but much
 better." How lame is that!

   He went on to ask for suggestions for better answers to the question,
   a sort of elevator pitch for Ruby.

   [63][Mike Clark]: "Ruby? Oh, you won't like this language. (Slides
   Pixaxe II out of view.) It's entirely too fun and productive for most
   people."

   [64][Jan Krer]: Ruby is the programming language that makes you have
   more time for your girlfriend .. or less, if you fall in love with
   ruby instead.

   [65][Paul Sanchez]: Ruby is an elegant language in which it's easy and
   natural to express solutions. It's simple enough that a beginner can
   start using it immediately, yet powerful enough to deal with
   sophisticated needs. It's so fun that the Puritans would have banned
   it had they known about it.

   [66][Simon Strandgaard]: Ruby has hidden positive suprises. Even
   though I have used it for long time, it keeps amaze and suprise me. It
   gives me energy.

   [67][Aredridel]: I say "A language that's like the best parts of
   Smalltalk, Perl and Lisp, all in one, and no line noise, parentheses
   or weird VM"

   [68][gabriele renzi]: it's an OO dynamic language with simple syntax.
   It is fun oriented. I love ruby.

   In a subthread focusing on the Javascript language, Florian Gross
   [69][took the opportunity] to post an implementation of many of Ruby's
   standard libraries in Javascript!
     _________________________________________________________________

   [70][Re: Garden Spam ]

   Unfortunately there are some people who are running scripts to spam
   the [71]RubyGarden Wiki (and other wikis) with links. This is a big
   problem - you can spend half an hour removing spam from pages and by
   the time you're done there will be more to clean. The thread discusses
   the problem and approaches to dealing with it. Hopefully this can be
   dealt with soon. If you're reading this Ruby Weekly News on
   [72]RubyGarden there is probably spam on the page. Click "View other
   revisions", select the last revision before the spam, click "Edit
   revision", then "Save" with "This change is a minor edit" set. This
   will revert the page to a pre-spam state.
     _________________________________________________________________

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