Ruby Weekly News: 01/20/2003

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

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

   ruby-sumo-2003.01.08 and MacOSX package
          ruby-sumo is all-in-one packaged installer for some major Ruby
          applications/libraries.

   FoxTails 0.1 for FXRuby
          FoxTails is a set of extensions for FXRuby. (FXRuby is the Ruby
          bindings for the Fox C++ GUI library. See
          http://fxruby.sourceforge.net.)

   saprfc - Ruby extension for RFC calls to an SAP R/3 System
          This is a ibrary for performing RFC calls to an SAP R/3 system,
          in Ruby (http://www.sap.com). This library binds the C rfc
          library provided by SAP to Ruby to enable the user to perform
          Remote Function Calls in a clean OO manner.

   Ruby SunOS Packages
          A build of Ruby 1.6.7 for Solaris 8.

   FXRuby API Documentation - Preview
          A preview (if you'd like to think of it that way) of the FXRuby
          API documentation is posted here:

   dbi-dbrc 0.2.0
          This is a supplement to the dbi module, allowing you to avoid
          hard-coding passwords in your programs that make database
          connections by using a special config file. It's also
          convenient. :)

   SOAP4R/1.4.8 with WSDL4R/0.0.2
          This is a new release of SOAP4R which includes bug fixes and
          WSDL4R.

   Ruby/Google 0.5.0
          Version 0.5.0 of Ruby/Google has been released. This version
          utilizes the new WSDL support of SOAP4R 1.4.8. There are no
          user-visible changes.

   YAML.rb 0.49.2 -- YPath
          YAML.rb 0.49.2 is another subrelease before 0.50. This features
          bug fixes, better YPATH support and sequence-in-sequence
          shortcuts.

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

   sorting with the Swartzian transform
          The Swartzian transform is a method of speeding up certain
          expensive sorts. It is one of the hallmarks of Perl, and it is
          also available in Ruby. This thread looks at how.

   Yet Another Test First Example ... in Ruby
          Jim Weirich put together a wonderful look at test first
          development using Ruby. It was a great read and well worth
          looking at. (I'm hoping to talk about it in our next seattle.rb
          meeting.)

   ruby-dev summary 19198-19345
          Kazuo Saito posted a nice review of ruby-dev for the japanese
          impaired among us. It spawnd a lot of discussion about heredocs
          and ways they might be improved.

   Unit Testing in dynamic environments
          Travis Whitton asked about unit testing methods with dynamic
          return values./ Some good feedback showed up in the thread.

   Automating Perl -> Ruby translation?
          Hal Fulton asked about building a Perl2Ruby translator. A lot
          of people jumped in with ideas.

   Article: Using the Ruby DBI Module
          Paul DuBois wrote in to say that he'd posted not one, but two
          articles about using Ruby with MySQL! Great stuff.

   ruby-dev summary 19346-19379
          Takaaki Tateishi wrote a summary of last weeks ruby-dev posts.
          This is a really wonderful services, and I'd like to thank all
          of the ruby hackers in Japan (and where-ever else they live)
          who create these summary/tranlsations.