The Ruby Mendicant
A little while ago, Gregory Brown announced his Ruby Mendicant Project. He’s trying to raise enough money to work for the Ruby community full time for 6 months (or on a time-share basis if he doesn’t raise the full amount, see the web site for the full details). With just 7 days left, he’s about 40% of the way there. This would be a good time to Make a donation.
Gregory’s a great person to take this on. He’s been active in the Ruby world for quite a while, developing both code and community. He worked on the Google Summer of Code two years ago, developing “Ruport”, and has been active in that and other projects ever since. He’s even put together a list of possible projects that he could work on as the Ruby Community’s paid hacker:
- Ruby 1.9 Field Medic —He could work on a variety of widely used, highly visible libraries from RubyForge and work on the 1.9 kinks that they might have.
- A Six Month Nightmare with RubyForge —Gregory would be willing to fix the bugs and add the features that are rubbing RubyForge users the wrong way.
- Uncovering Hidden Gems —He could write tutorials and docs for under documented Ruby libraries and gems.
- First class PDF support in Ruby—PDF::Writer could be rewritten to be smaller, cleaner, and faster.
- From Lone Hacker to Community Leader—Gregory could mentor developers in sRuby software development, potentially putting together a book on the topic.
- Documentation Project Ideas—He could work on one or more larger documentation projects like creating a guide to starting and managing Ruby library projects.
So far, Gregory’s proposal seems to have caught the communities eye. Ruby Central has said that they’ll match the first $5,000 ($3137.59 has been pledged thus far, so there’s still room to get your pledge matched). There were some initial glitches with Pay Pal accepting the pledges, but they were worked out quickly, and things are moving along well again.
If you’re interested in seeing the Ruby community continue to improve, this is a great chance to put your money where your mouth is.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
This ebook takes a look at some of the practical applications of the Linux on Power platform and ways you might bring all the performance power of this open architecture to bear for your organization. There are no smoke and mirrors here—just hard, cold, empirical evidence provided by independent sources. I also consider some innovative ways Linux on Power will be used in the future.Get the Guide