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About the Ruby squiggly heredoc syntax

To my list of Ruby achievements, I can now add the dubious distinction of having come up with┬áthe syntax for the new “squiggly heredoc” introduced in version 2.3. Thus playing my part in making the Ruby grammar just a little bit more chaotic. For reference, the syntax looks like this: Using this syntax intelligently strips […]

Results of Ruby HTTP Client Library Survey

A few weeks back I asked what ruby HTTP client library folks preferred. I’ve since collected over 700 responses, which seems like a pretty decent sample. You can check out the results for yourself, or look at the full list of responses, but here are some highlights. And the winner is…

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