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9 Rails IDEs Reviewed

Infoworld has reviewed 9 different Ruby on Rails IDEs and editors.

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Custom Length Validation Tokenizers in Rails Validations

Ryan Daigle notes that ActiveRecord's validates_length_of validator now accepts a "tokenizer" block to implement custom length validators. Sounds confusing, but is actually rather useful.

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DataFabric: Easy Multiple DB Sharding Support for ActiveRecord

FiveRuns has released a library called DataFabric as an open source project on Github (with a MIT-esque license). DataFabric provides "flexible database connection switching" for ActiveRecord models, which permits easy replication-access and sharding support. DataFabric can be quickly installed with a simple…

Ubuntu Server Team Needs Help With Rails Experience

The Ubuntu Server team are looking for help and advice regarding improving the Ruby on Rails experience for the next Ubuntu release. If you have opinions regarding Rails deployment, this is the time to share them.

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Upgrading Insoshi to Rails 2.1: A Case Study

The developers of Insoshi, an open source social networking system, wrote about how they upgraded the source to work with Rails 2.1. Even if you don't use Insoshi, it's a useful article to check out regarding upgrading projects to Rails 2.1,…

Pretty Blocks in Rails 2.1

Josh Symonds explains "pretty blocks" in Rails 2.1, how to use them, and how to define your own.

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PeepCode Releases Phusion Passenger Screencast

Quality Ruby-focused screencast publisher PeepCode has just released a screencast all about Phusion Passenger (previously well known as mod_rails), a now-common Rails deployment option. It costs $9 (as with all other PeepCode screencasts) and comes in at 54 minutes long. Of particular…


Free PDF Guide to Adobe Flex 3 on Rails 2

DZone has released a new entry in their "Refcardz" series (short PDFs that rapidly walk through a single topic) called Flexible Rails: Flex 3 on Rails 2. It was written by Peter Armstrong of Ruboss and covers how to use Adobe's Flex…

Packaging Rails Applications for Offline / Third Party Use on OS X

With OS X 10.5 (Leopard), Ruby and Rails are included by default, so deploying Rails applications for use by non-developer third parties is easier than ever before. With this in mind, Jason Crystal has put together a solid guide to…

Rails 2.1 Gotcha: Serialized Columns Not Updated On Save

Patrick McKenzie discovered, the hard way, that serialized columns are not updated on save with Rails 2.1 since amended hashes are not seen as "dirty." He presents some workarounds.

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