Starting a new Ruby Project Spotlight series

by Gregory Brown

As I was mowing the lawn, I had an idea for a series I thought might be fun.

I'd like to put out an entry once a month about an new or highly active Ruby project that's looking to gain some extra exposure. People can send me proposals for their projects, and I'll pick one each month to write about here. This way, if you're way behind on your mailing list reading, you'll be able to easily find at least one new project announcement each month.

Below are the semi-arbitrary rules for submission:

  • Project must be fresh / actively developed

  • Project must be released before the time I post

  • Proposal should consist of nothing more than a code example and a link to your project page, no additional commentary needed

  • Project can't be Rails-centric

  • You must be a developer on the project

  • My project choices will be entirely subjective and unjustified. :)

The reason these rules are fairly specific is that I'm hoping that this series will be a sort of grass-roots effort to have Ruby recognized as a useful language standing on its own two legs. If someone else wanted to start up a similar series about Rails projects on this blog or elsewhere, that'd be great.

I'm also stipulating that the project needs to be relatively new and fresh, because there is no shortage of coverage of the more popular Ruby projects out there. This is a chance to give new folks and new projects some time to shine.

Please email me your submissions by June 30th. I'll get in touch with my favorite pick some time in the first week of July, and have a post out then. Hopefully this will be a fun little series, and a useful service to those having trouble keeping up on the latest Ruby software.


Peter Cooper
2007-05-30 06:05:54
"If someone else wanted to start up a similar series about Rails projects on this blog or elsewhere, that'd be great."

That's almost what Ruby Inside does (well, Ruby as well, of course!) with probably ten or twenty new projects a month. That said, even though the sentiment is the same (highlighting Ruby and its community), I get the impression you're going to go into quite significant detail, rather than just the "check this out, it looks cool" level we do?

2007-05-30 06:14:08
Yeah, I plan to do a bit more investigation into whatever project seems most interesting out of the submissions.

I'll spend a day hacking with it and blog my experience. My post will probably consist of a few things: the code submitted that won, a few paragraphs about my impressions working with the project, and links to the relevant project resources with possibly a little developer commentary.

Ruby Inside is a nice resource too, for sure.

Peter Cooper
2007-05-30 12:52:32
If you do that, it sounds like it'll be really cool, and I'll definitely link it :) The Ruby Inside approach is more like a wire service rather than investigation, so it'll make a great contrast.