Ruby Rocks!

Ruby is designed for language construction. But the language you create isn’t limited to the features you think to build in. Instead, any language you build is an extension of Ruby — so all of Ruby remains at your disposal. Much of Ruby’s power comes from its totally dynamic nature. It’s expressiveness comes from its convenient syntax for the kind of code you generally need to write. As with any powerful tool, there are risks and complexities. But those issues can be managed. When you do, Ruby’s value proposition is undeniable.

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Getting Started in Ruby

A Guide for the Practicing Programmer

If you’re not already coding in Ruby, you may wonder how to get started — especially when it comes to the more “interesting” language features like closures and evaluations. This article provides some tips for ramping up, along with links to Amazon books. (If you’re not sure whether Ruby is the language for you, read
Ruby Rocks!)

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Rake Rocks!

I was initially attracted to Ruby because of Martin Fowler’s article on Rake. Fresh from a battle with a large Makefile, and having had sufficient experience with ANT, I was ready for something better. Rake is most definitely it. Here’s why.

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Automate Your Document Workflow!

Many organizations are bogged down in tedious, repetitive tasks — especially when it comes to documentation. The solution is to automate! Automation improves efficiency, saves time, eliminates redundant operations, and reduces costly errors. Any time your people are thinking, “there must be a better way,” there probably is!

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Decision Guide Specialization

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series DITA

Figuring out which components you need and accessing the documents that describe them is a big issue for any reasonably complex system. Providing an end-user with the ability to do that is a huge part of “usability” in documentation. One of DITA’s most important advantages is the ability to define specialized document structures. That capability can be used to define a Decision Guide document type.

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