Changelog Interviews – Episode #42

Rails 3.1 and SproutCore

with Yehuda Katz

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Adam and Wynn caught up with Yehuda Katz to talk about upcoming changes in Rails 3.1, SproutCore, and his growing list of open source projects.


Notes & Links

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  • Wynn’s deck from ‘07 pays tribute to Yehuda
  • Merb influenced and later merged with Rails
  • SproutCore is an HTML5 application framework for building responsive, desktop-caliber apps in any modern web browser, without plugins.
  • Carl Lerche is the other half of carlhuda
  • Desktop MVC != Server MVC
  • Handlebars.js is Yehuda’s optimization of Mustache.js
  • Backbone.js is a lightweight MVC framework from DocumentCloud
  • Bundler manages an application’s dependencies through its entire life across many machines systematically and repeatably.
  • One of the biggest changes in Rails 3 is The Great Decoupling
  • Railtie is the core of the Rails Framework and provides several hooks to extend Rails and/or modify the initialization process
  • Asset handling is coming in Rails 3.1, meaning better support for Sass, Compass, and CoffeeScript
  • Do you modify your Nginx setup?
  • Yehuda prefers Sass and Compass to Less since the introduction of the SCSS syntax.
  • Haml is the templating language of choice for sophisticated web devs.
  • Yehuda likes JavaScript on the server but thinks evented frameworks like Node are more for edge cases than for the heart of the web.
  • The Ruby Racer is a Ruby binding to V8 and is great for testing your JavaScripts without a browser
  • Charles Lowell wrapped Handlebars.js as Handlebars.rb
  • Yehuda loves CoffeeScript wants a runtime debugger before taking the plunge.
  • libgit2 is a portable, pure C implementation of the Git core methods provided as a re-entrant linkable library with a solid API, allowing you to write native speed custom Git applications in any language which supports C bindings.
  • Adam really loves Thor, a scripting framework that replaces rake and sake and is used by the new Rails 3 generators.
  • There is no shortage of thor tasks from users on GitHub.


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