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Intro ===== In my role as organiser for the London Ruby User Group (LRUG) I occasionally write little ruby scripts to do stuff. Mostly these scripts are an excuse to learn something new, like Shoes or Hpricot. However, I tend not to spend an awful lot of time looking into stuff properly and so these scripts are not exactly what I would call my best work. They tend to do exactly the bare minimum in the most hacky way possible (I'm all about form over function). Still, sharing stuff is the new hawtness, and thus. Gaze ye, upon my works and weep... names from a hat ---------------- Sometimes we've needed to choose a name from a random list. For giving out things where more people than things were to be given out. Or perhaps for choosing speakers randomly. The scripts in here are variations on that theme. ### haphazard / haphazard2 Shoes apps for showing a list of names and then randomly choosing one. We used this to determine the order of speakers at a Lightning talk meeting we held in [February 2008]. #### haphazard vs. haphazard2 * *haphazard* works for a small list of names. * *haphazard2* works for a large list of names. ### hat Another Shoes app that we used to determine who to give out some free copies of books to. It takes a list of names, drops them into a rendered hat and then does some magic to choose a name from those in the hat. ### Shoes Versions The first 2 were written against Shoes Curious, whereas the third one was written against Shoes.r532. It might make a difference. ### randomize_speakers Simple app using Fibers and osascript to randomly choose the order of speakers for our February 2010 meeting. I was doing a talk on Fibers for that meeting so it seemed appropriate to use them (not that I told anyone or referred to it in my talk). Wants ruby 1.9 and a mac. rails cities ------------ Hpricot scripts to scrape the [Working With Rails] site and then determine which London-based rails programmers to vote for to make London appear higher in the rankings on [Rails Cities]. Comes in two parts; one to scrape the site and one two use the results of that to determine possible candidates. script/server tomcat -------------------- As part of a talk I gave about integrating ruby and java, I wrote a version of the rails script/server that would invoke tomcat as the server. The files in this folder are intended to be dropped into a rails 1.1.x application. You then need to put tomcat 5.5.17 into the vendor/tomcat-5.5.17 directory and also a copy of [yajb] into the vendor/yajb. Once you've done this typing script/server tomcat would give you a freakishly slow version of rails that runs via tomcat. I'd just [JRuby] if I was you though. : http://lrug.org/meetings/2008/01/25/february-2008-meeting/ : http://www.workingwithrails.com/ : http://www.railscities.com/ : http://www.cmt.phys.kyushu-u.ac.jp/~M.Sakurai/cgi-bin/fw/wiki.cgi?page=YAJB : http://jruby.codehaus.org/ : http://lrug.org/meetings/2010/01/21/february-2010-meeting/