21 April 2014

The Ruby Reflector

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RubyInstaller

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By Luis Lavena of Engine Yard Developer Blog over 1 year ago.
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This December marks 5 years since RubyInstaller was created to replace One-Click Installer. Counting only the last two years, RubyInstaller's binary packages have been downloaded more than 2 million times.

Also over this time, the Ruby community has become more aware of how important diversity and better support for platforms is. Day by day and release by release, Ruby is moving away from what was once a nightmare getting it to run on Windows and is becoming a better citizen …

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By PJ Hagerty of Engine Yard Developer Blog over 1 year ago.
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Luis Lavena . Luis is known for his incredible work with RubyInstaller and RailsInstaller for Windows. He understood the struggles of Windows users being on the edge of Ruby development without being able to have the ease of entry other OS platforms offered. To solve the problem, Luis took up the call and made it possible to start using Ruby and Rails easily with one-click installation and ample documentation.

Our PHP category winner is Elizabeth Marie Smith …

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By Peter Cooper of Ruby Inside over 2 years ago.
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RubyInstaller is a popular route to installing Ruby for Windows users, and a new version based on the all-new Ruby 1.9.3-p0 is now out.

Ruby Webapp Performance Management Service New Relic Adds Free Server Monitoring

Minitest 2.8.0 Released

Articles and Tutorials

Besides Being Faster, What Else is New in Bundler 1.1?

Recently, Pat Shaughnessy did a great post explaining why the forthcoming Bundler 1.1 will be faster than 1.0. This time …

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By Peter Cooper of Ruby Inside over 3 years ago.
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Luis Lavena. Luis made the announcements of RubyInstaller 1.8.7-p330 and RubyInstaller 1.9.2-p136 packages two days after Christmas, but since they tie so directly to the previous items, it only seemed fair to give him two days to prepare them ;-)

Separate to the general improvements in 1.8.7-p330 and 1.9.2-p136, Luis also notes that RubyInstaller is now based around an updated compiler toolchain ( GCC 4.5.1) and there are now "friendlier Gem installation …

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…. Good luck and most important, HAVE FUN!

I'd like to thank everyone on the RailsInstaller and RubyInstaller teams ( Wayne E. Seguin, Luis Lavena , Ken Collins , etc.), as well as anyone who has contributed to make Rails development on Windows at least somewhat bearable. This road would be much harder without your help and every developer owes you a debt of gratitude.

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RailsInstaller is based on an Inno Setup installer, which we created using the RubyInstaller codebase as an example. While Inno Setup works very well, it does not easily meet all of our requirements. One such requirement is that we wish to prompt for a username and email to use for git so that we may automatically configure git for the user during the installation process. This poses a fun challenge indeed!

So how do we intend to solve this? This is where a new RailsInstaller …

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Today's post hails from community contributor and friend, Luis Lavena. Luis works as the technology director at AREA 17 . He is the benevolent godfather of Ruby on Windows with projects such as RubyInstaller , RakeCompiler and rb-readline . Check out his blog at http://blog.mmediasys.com/ . A few months ago I gave a talk at " RubyConf Uruguay":http://rubyconfuruguay.org/ on what RubyInstaller provided to Windows users …

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By Josh Hamilton of Engine Yard Developer Blog over 3 years ago.
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…method for quickly and easily setting up Ruby on a Windows machine. RubyInstaller is an installer for Windows that includes the Ruby language, an execution environment, and RubyGems.

DevKit - After using RubyInstaller, some gems will not work. To remedy this, the RubyInstaller team has released a DevKit that contains the tools needed to compile these gems. This can be downloaded from the RubyInstaller downloads page.

Git For Windows - Download Git for …

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…These are the download counts for InstantRails alone, excluding anyone who used the RubyInstaller as a base and then installed the Rails stack.

I believe that if we can simplify and streamline the process for bootstrapping a complete Rails development environment up and running on Windows, then we can attract a great number of new developers. I also believe that currently the vast majority are turned away due to this bad initial experience. As our community grows, a small percentage …

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