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Double Shot #837

If this isn't spring it's sure close. A year without a winter is fine by me.

  • one9 - Project to help move your Ruby 1.8.7 code to 1.9 by running your tests and then reporting on what needs to change.
  • Short, explicit test setups - How to save a few keystrokes when using Factory Girl to manufacture things.
  • ruby-mkfifo - Hooks up File.mkfifo to create FIFO files, i.e. named pipes.
  • Manage and Monitor Resque with Upstart and Monit - Looks like the next logical step if God or pure Monit haven't done the job for you.
  • Snail Drop - Service to print and (physically) mail documents from your computer or DropBox. I'd be more excited about this if I could remember the last time I printed and mailed a document.
  • Load Balancing and Reverse Proxying with Nginx - I have some servers where this really ought to be in place.
  • FXRuby - Ruby bindings to the FOX toolkit cross-platform GUI library, now coming back from a long period of dormancy.
  • Faraday: One HTTP Client to Rule Them All - I hadn't realized that Faraday had an entire middleware stack built into it. Among other things that makes it useful for writing fake responses in tests.
  • A few cURL Tips for Daily Use - Download resuming, faking AJAX requests, using requests from a file and more.
  • Wirb - Syntax highlighting for irb. Based on Wirble but without the other tools.
  • Measure Anything, Measure Everything - How to use StatsD to instrument your code.

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