The Top Ruby Weekly links of 2018

Chris Brandrick
Dec 24, 2018 · 5 min read

We’re closing out the year by looking back at some of the biggest developments from across the Ruby landscape.

Here’s what Ruby devs clicked on in 2018, based on data from the Ruby Weekly newsletter. You can also see our email roundup of 2018 right here.

Introducing Action Text for Rails 6

The most popular link in 2018 was about Action Text, a new framework coming to Rails 6 to make it easier to edit and display rich text content. It leans upon Basecamp’s Trix editor and DHH recorded a screencast showing how it works.

A Future for Serverless Ruby?

Ruby has been a long overlooked language when it comes to serverless but OpenWhisk, an open source serverless system, added native support earlier this year.

An Epic Collection of Ruby One-Liners

Ruby isn’t just for building webapps, y’know. It’s an amazing Swiss army knife for anyone at the command line and these examples could help you out with a lot of menial tasks.

Top 10 errors from 1,000+ Ruby on Rails projects (and how to avoid them)

Analysis of the ten most common errors from over 1,000 Rails projects monitored by Rollbar, along with advice on avoiding such errors yourself.

Bringing Proper Pattern Matching to Ruby

Ruby Weekly readers are clearly interested in Ruby continuing to add new features as the second most popular link this year followed a presentation at RubyKaigi, proposing a way to add pattern matching to Ruby.

Matz’s conclusion was that he liked the idea but not the syntax and further suggestions are sought.

Ruby 2.5 Released: A Faster Step Forward

With Ruby 2.6 just around the corner, it’s no surprise to see the Ruby 2.5 release make our list. We shared the release details back in our January 2018 issue.

Version 2.5 was 5–10% faster than 2.4, hashes get new transform_keys and slice methods, ERB was twice as fast, and more.

What’s New in Rails 6.0

Rails 6 isn’t out just yet, but this page links to a variety of interesting pull requests and commits related to the next major version of Rails.

How Fast is Ruby 2.5?

2018 was the year of Ruby 2.5 and it’s been one of the most stable and impressive major Ruby releases I can remember while offering relatively modest performance improvements.

An Overview of Ruby GUI Development in 2018

It’s not often written about but building graphical apps in Ruby is a thing, and here’s a comparison of the most popular approaches.

Speeding Up Ruby with Shared Strings

An in-depth explanation of a patch to Ruby that both reduces memory and speeds up performance (with require going 35% faster).

Ruby Optimization with One Magic Comment

Back in March, Mike Perham of Sidekiq fame explained how freezing your strings can help performance quite a bit and how Ruby 2.3+ can help make this easier.

Actionable Tips to Improve Web Performance with Rails

Based on a talk from Wroclove.rb, the tools and tricks listed here will result in better Rails and general Web performance.

Thanks for taking a look back with us. 👏

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