Ruby Weekly News: 05/20/2002

   A summary of activity on the ruby-talk mailing list, brought to you
   this week by Holden Glova.

   ANNOUNCEMENTS
   =============

   REXML 2.3.3
          Sean Russel announced yet another rapid release of REXML.
          "REXML is a pure Ruby XML processor inspired by the Electric
          XML processor for Java. The API is terse and intuitive, and XML
          processing is reasonably fast.". Get REXML([1]).

   DBTalk 0.6
          Dalibor Sramek announced a new version of DBTalk. DBTalk is an
          interactive GUI based tool for database querying, programming,
          administration etc. It consists of three basic parts: SQL
          editor, query result viewer, database structure viewer. Get
          DBTalk([2]).

   FXRuby-1.0.10
          Lyle Johnson has announced FXRuby 1.0! FOX is a C++-based
          toolkit for developing graphical user interfaces easily and
          effectively. Get FXRuby([3]).

   JRuby 1.6/0.5.0 beta
          Jan Arne Petersen announced that the JRuby team have realeased
          a new version. JRuby is a pure Java implementation of the Ruby
          interpreter. Get JRuby([4]).

   RubyRED 1.0 alpha
          Hal Fulton has announced RubyRED. RubyRED is a tool that makes
          it easier to edit files on remote machines. If you have ftp
          access to a file, you can edit almost as though it were local.
          Get RubyRED([5]).

   XML Serialization 1.0.pre3
          Chris Morris has released a new version of XML Serialization.
          Xml Serialization allows classes to be marshalled to and from
          XML. Get XML Serialization([6]).

   RubyEclipse
          Adam Williams has released his first release of a Ruby Eclipse
          IDE. Ruby Ecplise is a plugin written in Java for the Eclipse
          IDE([7]). Get RubyEclipse([8]).

   INTERESTING THREADS
   ===================

   Programmierung in Ruby
          Juergen Katins has provided a german translastion of the famous
          "pickaxe book", but there's some controversy as it appears that
          the open source license has been violated.

   The Ruby Way Reviewed
          Hal Fulton's book "The Ruby Way" was reviewed in
          Freshmeat([9]). A great review for a great book - thanks Hal
          for the book, and Phil Tomson for the review.

   Metaclasses
          Hal Fulton started a discussion on attempting to understand the
          magic behind Ruby and metaclasses. An interesting discussion
          follows, centered around what metaclasses are to Ruby.

   FXBook project
          Dossy has announced his intentions to begin working on a
          project centered around documenting FXRuby and the FOX Toolkit.
          The FXBook([10]) project will be a great addition to both FOX
          and FXRuby - thank you Dossy.

   Object <-> Relational Mapping
          Thomas Hurst asked about any OR Mapping suggestions. Some
          interesting ideas where tossed around.

References

   1. http://www.germane-software.com/software/rexml/
   2. http://www.epot.cz/dbtalk/
   3. http://fxruby.org/
   4. http://jruby.sf.net/
   5. http://rubyhacker.com/rubyred.html
   6. http://clabs.org/clxmlserial.htm
   7. http://www.eclipse.org/
   8. https://sourceforge.net/projects/rubyeclipse/
   9. http://www.freshmeat.net/
  10. http://fxbook.sf.net/