Got a favorite gem you want to tell the world about? Or one you want to warn other people about? You can do both with Gemtacular!
Gemtacular (http://www.gemtacular.com) is a place to rate and review Ruby gems. It’s a great place to not only find opinions on various gems, but also to see the most recent gem uploads, find the most highly rated gems, or just search for existing gems.
Some quick guidelines:
* Gemtacular is not a place to report bugs. Use the project page for that.
* Be nice. If you have a problem with a particular gem, please explain why without getting nasty.
* Don’t be lame and rate your own gems.1
1I already have a feature request in to try and prevent this at http://rubyforge.org/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=10063&group_id=2863&atid=11067
The most important thing I’ve picked up with each RubyConf I’ve attended is a new outlook on my work. Each year the talks invite people to have their minds bent a bit, both technically and philosophically. Though I didn’t take notes and my attention span is usually too low to keep a full talk in my head, the following discussion is largely based on ideas from various talks I attended, especially from Nathaniel Talbott, Eric Hodel, Ryan Davis and Evan Phoenix. It also has some sprinklings from the hallway track, as well as some delusions from the back of my mind. Sorting all that out is up to you.
So what is real productivity? Maybe we can look at it as the coding nirvana that we’re all striving for, but I think it’s even more simple than that. True productivity just involves eliminating apathy from your life, leaving you with nothing left but things you care about, and no choice but to take care of them. What follows is a simple extension of that general idea into software practices.