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Hacking at Firmafon. Ruby, HTTP, VoIP.
Hacking at Firmafon. Ruby, HTTP, VoIP.

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Jorge Ben was really terrific during the 70s. Afro-Brazil!
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Skip through the first two-thirds of this blog post (the usual Ruby community fuzz) and you will find the reason I am still going strong with Ruby: the multitude of implementations, in particular JRuby and Rubinius and the renewed focus on parallelism with libraries such as Celluloid. As JRuby and Rubinius become increasingly predominant I expect more to follow.
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It seems like people are beginning to embrace the aspects of PoEAA[1][2] that were initially ignored by the Rails community: Services[3], Presenters/Decorators[4], Data Mapper[5] (the pattern, not the Ruby library.) This probably coincides with a larger number of Rails applications growing beyond basic CRUD, at least I know that I have had the same thoughts over the last couple of months. Full circle, I guess.

[1] http://www.amazon.com/Patterns-Enterprise-Application-Architecture-Martin/dp/0321127420
[2] http://owenou.com/2011/09/24/poeaa-on-rails.html
[3] http://jamesgolick.com/2010/3/14/crazy-heretical-and-awesome-the-way-i-write-rails-apps.html
[4] https://github.com/jcasimir/draper
[5] http://solnic.eu/2012/01/10/ruby-datamapper-status.html
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The Raspberry Pi's are on their way. I really can't wait to get my hands on one of those. For some reason I hadn't noticed they came with GPIO connectors[1] until today, but that has me really excited. Suddenly wiring up all kinds of peripherals is both cheap and easy[2].

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi#Specifications
[2] http://pypi.python.org/pypi/RPi.GPIO
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Maildir is really, really clever. I have wanted to (ab)use it for simple and reliable (local) queues for a long time. Turns out somebody already wrote a Ruby library[1][2] for this. And apparently I contributed to it a year ago. Who would have known.

[1] https://github.com/ktheory/maildir
[2] https://github.com/ktheory/maildir-queue
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