Chad Perrin: SOB

19 March 2008

a new Ruby Gem search tool

Filed under: Geek — Tags: , , — apotheon @ 01:59

Ruby Gem List

I just thought I’d mention it. It has only very recently been created, and we (several of us on the ruby-talk mailing list) are still discussing feature changes for it with the guy who created it (who is making changes rapidly in response to suggestions), so expect things to change.

If you have questions or comments and don’t want to join the ruby-talk mailing list yourself to discuss them, I might be persuaded to pass them on for you. By “might be persuaded”, of course, I mean that if I think a comment or suggestion warrants being passed on, I’ll surely do so.

Obviously, “Give up, the command line gem tool does all I need!” isn’t something I’m likely to consider worth being passed on. “Ruby sucks!” is even less likely to get passed on.

5 Comments

  1. I also use the full file navigation functionality, which lets me navigate the distribution’s directory structure and look inside the various files. Especially handy for reading full source code. I’d love to see that included here.

    Comment by Motivational Guru — 24 March 2008 @ 09:50

  2. I passed your comment along to the guy who created the search tool, via the ruby-talk mailing list.

    Comment by apotheon — 24 March 2008 @ 11:18

  3. Hello, I’m “the guy” who created it :)

    Thanks to Chad for creating this post and for his comments that have helped tighten up the focus of gemmy.

    @Motivational: I don’t know exactly what the full file navigation functionality is. I don’t have all the gems installed on my server for reasons of space constraint. It’d sure be easier because then I could start thinking about rdoc browsing and such, but unless someone volunteers server space and storage, we’re stuck in a corner of my VPS. I, too would love to see more … to set expectations, I’m in the middle of a move and my whole life is in cardboard boxes (except my Mac and perhaps my Internet connection :) so I’m going to be a bit slower with new stuff.

    Comment by Steve Ross — 25 March 2008 @ 09:04

  4. Thanks to Chad for creating this post and for his comments that have helped tighten up the focus of gemmy.

    I’m glad to be of help. Welcome to my personal weblog.

    I, too would love to see more … to set expectations, I’m in the middle of a move and my whole life is in cardboard boxes (except my Mac and perhaps my Internet connection :) so I’m going to be a bit slower with new stuff.

    Speaking solely for me personally, I understand completely. I hope you’ll let me know (either individually or via announcements on the list) when things progress with the development of “gemmy”, though, so that even after periods of inactivity I’ll know when it’s time to pay more attention again. Perhaps a link from gemmy to a page chronicling feature updates would be in order.

    It’d sure be easier because then I could start thinking about rdoc browsing and such

    I’m not sure that rdoc browsing is really needed. In fact, rdoc seems to me more like a command reference for people who already know how to use stuff and just need reminders, based on what it provides. That kind of assumes that we probably already have the gem available (and thus the rdoc on the local system). The kind of documentation it would be nice to see linked to gemmy would be the sort of thing that would actually give good information for helping to choose a gem to use.

    I also think that combining rdoc with gemmy might dilute the focus of gemmy, but maybe that’s just me. Links to project pages where rdoc can be found should be quite sufficient, I think.

    I’m just one guy, though. Others might have other opinions about the appropriateness of tying rdoc to gemmy.

    Comment by apotheon — 25 March 2008 @ 06:30

  5. […] for your comments. I posted something about this in my personal weblog, and got this response: http://sob.apotheon.org/?p=375#comment-330556 The text of it says: I also use the full file navigation functionality, which lets me navigate […]

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