ruby

Philly JUG Presentation on Using JRuby

Last night I presented an Introduction to JRuby at the Philadelphia Java Users Group.  My goal was to introduce Java programmers to Ruby and get them to how features of the language allowed for functionality and code structure that is not possible in Java alone.  While I did talk about Rails at the end, my point… Read more Philly JUG Presentation on Using JRuby

Why Ruby’s Mixins Gives Rails an Advantage over Java Frameworks

Much has been made over Paul Graham’s famous posting about how Lisp gave his startup Viaweb an advantage over the competition.  Graham’s thesis is that there are features in the Lisp language that could be leveraged to make his programming team more productive and better able to respond to customer needs. The idea that a programming language will… Read more Why Ruby’s Mixins Gives Rails an Advantage over Java Frameworks

Scraping Dynamic Websites Using JRuby and HtmlUnit

Scraping static web sites to verify functionality or to access data has been around as long as there has been a web (example of scraping of a static web page with Ruby).  But with the advent of AJAX and other techniques that use JavaScript to dynamically insert HTML into a web page, scraping has gotten more… Read more Scraping Dynamic Websites Using JRuby and HtmlUnit

Using Ruby, SOAP, and Apache to implement SSO for SalesForce.com

Since I have been talking about Java vs. Ruby, I figured I would give a recent example of where Ruby really solved my problems simply and easily.  My company uses SalesForce.com for their CRM solution.  Our sales, finance, and fulfillment teams have logins that are maintained and managed through the website.  This is a pain for both… Read more Using Ruby, SOAP, and Apache to implement SSO for SalesForce.com