Ruby-oci8 2.0.5 is released. This is the Oracle module using OCI8 API.

  http://rubyforge.org/projects/ruby-oci8/

The next release will be 2.1.0 which doesn't support Oracle8 (8.0)
and Oracle 8i (8.1) anymore.

* New Features

  - Support Rubinius.

    I just now found that temporary LOBs causes SEGV when they are GCed on
    rubinius 1.2.3. It works fine on the latest rubinius in github.

  - OraNumber#has_decimal_part? -> boolean

      OraNumber(10).has_decimal_part?   # => false
      OraNumber(10.1).has_decimal_part? # => true

  - Limitted support for OraNumber's positive and negative infinity.

    They are converted to '~' and '-~' respectively as described in
    <URL:http://www.ixora.com.au/notes/infinity.htm>.

  - OCI8.properties is added to control ruby-oci8 behaviour.
    It supports :bind_string_as_nchar only for now.

  - OCI8.properties[:bind_string_as_nchar] is added.

    You need to set "OCI8.properties[:bind_string_as_nchar] = true"
    if the database character set is not UTF-8 and NCHAR/NVARCHAR2 columns
    contain characters which cannot be converted to the database character set.
    See: http://rubyforge.org/forum/forum.php?thread_id=48838&forum_id=1078

* Fixed issues

  - Fix InvalidHandle errors on Rails.
    (reported by Jordan Curzon and Aaron Qian)
    See: http://rubyforge.org/forum/forum.php?thread_id=49751&forum_id=1078

  - Raise "OCIError: ORA-01805: possible error in date/time operation"
    when Oracle 11gR2's client and server timezone versions are not same
    instead of raising a exception "undefined method `*' for nil:NilClass."
    See: http://rubyforge.org/forum/forum.php?thread_id=49102&forum_id=1078

  - Fix unexpectedly disconnect when failed-logon connections is GC'ed
    and the connection object's address is accidentally same with
    an alive connection.

  - Fix segmentation fault when calling OCI8::Cursor#[] for
    closed statement object's (reported by Hugo L. Borges)

  - Fix a bug that a string is bound to RAW.
    Its encoding had been convertd to OCI.encoding incorrectly.

  - Fix memory leaks when temporary lobs are used.

  - Fix a problem to assign NULL bind value to object type bind variables.
    (reported by Raimonds Simanovskis)

  - Support LOB datatypes in object type.
    (reported by Michael Sexton)

  - Fix to compile on cygwin. The declaration of 'boolean' in Oracle
    conflicts with that of latest cygwin.
    (reported by Don Hill).

  - Fix to complie for the 32-bit ruby which was compiled on x86_64 linux
    and configured without '--build', '--host' nor '--target'.
    The RUBY_PLATFORM is 'x86_64-linux' even though the ruby is 32-bit.
    (reported by Jason Renschler)

  - Fix wrong dependencies in Makefile when running 'make -jNNN (where
NNN >= 2)'
    (contributed by Alyano Alyanos. See bug #28129 on rubyforge.)

  - Fix to compile on HP-UX. Duplicated const qualifiers prevented HP-UX cc
    from compiling. (reported by Sebastian YEPES)