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[News] Ruby Programming, Python and Free/Libre Composition Tools in the News

  • Subject: [News] Ruby Programming, Python and Free/Libre Composition Tools in the News
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:25:07 +0100
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Ruby in Edinburgh

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| What can I say? These regional Ruby 
| conferences, theyâre all good, based on my 
| experience. This one was only weakly 
| regional; about half the attendees were 
| Scottish, others from all over Europe, and 
| with a strong faction of Americans whom I 
| presume were thinking about the Ruby-and-
| Whisky combination. If you havenât been to 
| a Ruby conference, you should go sometime.


Carving a Ruby red road ahead

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| IBM does because they hire people to do 
| Eclipse. Most people actually get a pay-
| cheque. So there isnât a business model for 
| Open Source. And so this is the challenge 
| for us. How do you create hybrid models 
| that still give you revenue? Thatâs part of 
| the reason why weâve started the Innovation 
| and Technology Trust. The intention is to 
| support Open Source and emerging 
| technologies that need endorsement and 
| visibility in the IT eco-system in India. 
| If there are other communities out there 
| that need the support and backing, the 
| trust is there for this.


New Python versions released

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| The Python developers have released two new 
| version of the programming language. 
| Versions 2.6.5 and 3.1.2 are both new 
| maintenance releases; 2.6.5 of the older 
| Python 2.6 development strand, and 3.1.2, 
| of the current Python development version. 
| Because Python 2.6 is currently in bug fix 
| mode, there is no added functionality, but 
| over sixty bugs have been fixed in the 
| Python 2.6.5 release since the previous 
| version.


Review: Geany IDE â Integrated Development Environment for all OS

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| Geany is an Integrated Development 
| Environment (IDE) that was created to be 
| light-weight and independent as possible.  
| Iâve used Geany for sometime now. I havenât 
| used it on C or anything like that, but I 
| use it (daily) for xhtml, css, and php.  
| When I learn JavaScript and Python I will 
| be programming those in Geany also.


Linux Arpeggiators

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| There are a host of smaller tools (QJackCtl 
| is indispensable and worth special mention) 
| that help round out a project studio, but the 
| biggest shift in thinking was from running 
| one program, to connecting multiple ones 
| together via Jack.
| Itâs funny because in that sense even GUI-
| heavy big applications mirror the âdo one 
| thing and do it wellâ Unix philosophy.


The Difficulties of Unwritten Community Standards

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| The strong sense of community standards in 
| Perl and the CPAN offers many benefits. The 
| uniformity of conventions suggests that all 
| of the code I'm likely to use has decent 
| documentation, a test suite, a project page 
| on the CPAN, dependency tracking, and a 
| very reasonable chance of installing 
| correctly (or at least strong community 
| pressure to figure out why it doesn't and 
| to fix it).


Software development - a lot more than coding

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| Today, embedded compilers handle C++ as 
| well as C, and code size is improved even 
| if that is less important in the new 
| powerful 32-bit devices. The difference in 
| size between compilers from different 
| vendors is marginal on most cases, and the 
| free GNU compiler is in many cases even 
| better than some commercial compilers. 
| Debuggers are better too, but it is still 
| functions for execution of code and 
| inspection of variable values that are in 
| focus. 

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