Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Sorry I’ve not updated things in a bit, I’m hanging around the fringes of the flu and trying to play nurse for my family while they all suffer through it. In the meantime, I’ve let a lot of little things pile up and need to get them off my chest.

First, I’m really excited by Gregory Brown’s new status as a Ruby Mendicant. Even better is that Ruby Central is going to match donations up to $5,000. Gregory will do a great job working for the Ruby Community. (Look for an article over on Linux Journal sometime soon with more details.)

Second, I’m very happy to announce that Ruby Central has been selected as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code again in 2008. I’ll be acting as the coordinator again this year. We should have an idea page up by the end of the week, so if you’ve got ideas to share, or are interested in being a mentor or student, feel free to contact me. (If we’ve already traded email about this, look for an update from me in the next day or two.)

Third, MWRC 2008 is just around the corner. It’s bigger and better than last year, and I can’t wait. Registration has been held open until Wed. March 18th. If you’re not already signed up, this is the time.

Fourth, I’m really happy to announce that Engine Yard will be the first commercial sponsor of On Ruby. I’m a big fan of EY, and I love the things they’re doing in the community. They’re not going to have any editorial control of the blog, so don’t expect any changes unless it’s a bit more frequency in posting.

Fifth, I’ve been approached by a publisher to be a reviewer for a new book on Erlang. They’ve agreed to let me blog about the process and invite community feedback. I think this is a really cool opportunity, and I can’t wait to get things rolling. (Look for most of my posts about this to happen over at On Erlang though.)

Finally, I’m doing some reading and will be doing some reviews in the near future. The four books getting the most of my attention are:

The big question becomes which to do first. To help answer that, I’ve started a poll over in the column on the right. Let me know what you’d like to see.

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