Ruby-related stories going across my radar keep making me say “ooh, that looks hot.”
First, check out Joyent Slingshot, which claims to bring offline function to Rails apps. I think this is sort of what Apollo is supposed to do, except Rails is really hard to beat on time-to-market and maintainability; so if the Joyent people got the offline machinery right, this could be a game-changer. Then there’s Mingle from Thoughtworks, described as “Agile IT project management”. I have a lot of time for both Joyent and Thoughtworks; having said that, there are grounds for caution in that many consulting-focused organizations have had trouble entering the products business.
Looking in a completely different direction, consider some jewels from the ever-prolific why the lucky stiff; I am particularly charmed by Stream Copy YouTube, Revver, Etc. and Random Number in a Feed (for Pipes Maybe?). Even if you’re not a Ruby enthusiast or even a computer programmer, trust me and follow one of those links; what’s at the other end is unique. If you are, look closely at _why’s code and you’ll learn a lot about Ruby and other useful things too.
Ruby may not actually be the be-all and end-all of programming languages. But right now, make no mistake, it’s a white-hot nexus of innovation. I’m honored (really) to have become a microscopic part of the community.