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Jammit: Industrial Strength Asset Packaging for Rails Apps

Earlier this year on Ruby Inside, we wrote about Sprockets - a Ruby library from 37signals that could take the various JavaScript files used in your project and compress them down on the fly into smaller portions to be more easily…


Devise: Flexible Authentication for Pragmatic Rails Developers

Devise (GitHub repo) is a new Rails authentication library/engine developed by Brazilian development company Plataforma. It's pitched as a "flexible authentication solution for Rails." Devise builds upon Warden, a general Rack authentication middleware, while offering Rails developers a flexible but easy…


Draft of O'Reilly's "Rails In A Nutshell" Free To Read Online

Rails In A Nutshell is a forthcoming book, to be published by O'Reilly, by Cody Fauser, James MacAulay, Edward Ocampo-Gooding and John Guenin. Like other titles in O'Reilly's "Nutshell" series, the book is designed to be a concise introduction to the…


Want To Speak At RailsConf 2010? Submit Your Proposals Now

Want to impress your fellow Rails developers? Want to get a free pass to the world's definitive Rails conference to see great keynote speakers of the caliber of Tim Ferriss? Submit a proposal to speak at RailsConf 2010 - taking place June…


Rails 2.3.4 + SWFUpload: Gracefully Degrading Rails File Uploads

Over on the Jetpack Flight Log, Brian Racer demonstrates how to use SWFUpload with Rails 2.3.4 to implement slick, yet gracefully degrading, Rails file uploads powered by Flash. It's an impressive walkthrough post.

If you've uploaded photos or videos to Flickr or…


Spree: Open Source E-commerce for Rails Apps Gets Even Better

Back in September 2008, we posted about Spree, an open source Rails e-commerce platform that was then in its infancy. Now, however, Spree is truly flying. New versions are coming out frequently and there are more and more established sites using…


Scout Improves App Monitoring for Rails Developers

Back in early 2008 I wrote about Scout on Ruby Inside, announcing it as a new "Ruby powered Web monitoring and reporting service." This is still true, except for the "new" bit! I've stayed in touch with the Scout team and they've…


How a 1-Engineer Rails Site Scaled to 10 Million Requests Per Day

Ravelry is an online knitting and crochet community run by husband and wife team Casey and Jessica Forbes. A few weeks ago they did an interview with Tim Bray where they revealed that their site has over 400,000 registered users and does…


Seed: A New Rails Powered Open Source CMS With In-Page Admin Interface

The Media Collective's "common sense CMS" named Seed (code) (demo) (screencast) is a diamond in the rough. It supports Akismet spam blocking, monitoring via New Relic, media storage via Amazon's S3, page caching, and fine-grain control of page editing on a per-user…


Formtastic: Forms Made Crazy Easy for Rails Developers

Formtastic is a Rails plugin by Justin French that aims to take the headaches out of building forms in Rails views. To build it, Justin wrote down how he'd like a form creation DSL to look and then worked backwards to…

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