Ruby Weekly News: 02/11/2003

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

   ANNOUNCEMENTS
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   ZenWeb 2.15.0 Released
          ZenWeb is a set of classes/tools for organizing and formating a
          website. It is website oriented rather than webpage oriented,
          unlike most rendering tools. It is content oriented, rather
          than style oriented, unlike most rendering tools. It provides a
          plugin system of renderers and filters to provide a very
          flexible, and powerful system.

   sys-uname 0.4.0
          Sys-uname is an interface to the 'uname' command. This release
          includes MS Windows support! In addition, a test suite has been
          added (for testunit users).

   Text::Format 0.61
          A bug fix release to Text::Format (for the installer).
          Text::Format is a port of the Perl Text::Format module.

   Digest::CRC32 0.1.0
          This module is an implementation of the crc32 hash algorithm as
          a Digest::Base digester. There is both a C and a pure Ruby
          implementation. The former for speed and the latter for
          portability. By default it will use the C implementation.

   bdb
          bdb-0.3.9 has been released. It contains the first beta
          interface to DB XML

   FXRuby-1.0.19 Now Available
          FXRuby-1.0.19 is now available. This is mainly a bug-fix
          release.

   plruby
          plruby 0.3.2 was released with 2 *experimental* features:
          specify a timeout at compile time and functions returning SET

   math-const 1.0.0
          math-const provides mathematical and physical constants both in
          the MKS and CGS system

   Ruby-GNOME2-0.3.0
          Ruby-GNOME2 is a ruby interface to the GNOME2 system.

   MIME::Types 1.005
          MIME::Types has been updated to match the Perl version 1.005;
          additional changes have been made to make the data cleaner.
          Certain file types (e.g., application/applefile) will show up
          correctly now instead of with an improper extension.

   ruby syntax file for GNU Source-highlight
          This is a ruby syntax file for GNU Source-highlight, producing
          a document(HTML, XHTML) with syntax highlighting.

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

   Embedding Ruby in C code
          Szymon Drejewicz asked about embedding a bit of Ruby in C.

   locana, SVG, cross-platform GUI meanderings
          Phil Thomson started a long thread about cross platform GUI
          tools on Ruby.

   Blogging software
          Martin DeMello asked about blogging tools written in Ruby.
          Several options were discussed in the thread.

   The way of the Gentoo
          This thread covered the Gentoo portage system and how it might
          work as a model for Ruby module distribution.

   Relative performance of Ruby templating systems
          Gabriel Emerson presented a review of the performance of
          several Ruby templating systems under mod_ruby.

   ruby-dev summary 19457-19539
          Kazuo Saito gave us this weeks ruby-dev translation and
          summary.