A Word from the Editor
by Olimpiu Metiu
is aToronto-based architect andthe leader of the EmergentTechnologies group at BellCanada. His work includesmany of Canada’s largest websites and intranet portals.As a long-time Rails enthusiast, he founded
to give back to this amazingcommunity.Email: editor / at / railsmagazine.comFollow me on
After being on hiatus for a few months, Rails Magazine isback and stronger than ever!Meanwhile, we made great progress internally ondeveloping a new platform, with many improvements to theauthoring and editorial workflow.In fact, this issue wasdeveloped using an early build of the new publishing system.In the future, these enhancements will reflect in a strongerquality for the publication and better tools for all contributors.I'd like to publicly announce an exciting development forRails Magazine– a Portuguese edition is coming up, thanks toa wonderful group of Rubyists coordinated by AndersonLeite.If you'd like to help out with new content ortranslation, please
.In this number you'll find introductory articles on someessential tools and techniques: front-end development withHaml and Sass (presented by Ethan Gunderson), dataextraction with Hpricot (Jonas Alves) and deployment withCapistrano (Omar Meeky).Advanced readers should find useful Robert Hall's articleon fake data testing using the Imposter gem.Everyone knows that Rails can't scale, just Gonçalo Silvadidn't get the memo and is starting a new series on this verytopic. Please send him feedback on what would you like tosee in future articles.Our event coverage focuses this time on RubyConf India2010.Sarah Allen shares her insights on test-first teaching, advicefor women in the Rails community and more in an in-depthinterview by Rupak Ganguly.If you are interested in publishing, web standards or PrinceXML, check out my interview with Michael Day.We are always looking for new contributors. If you'd liketo
with the Ruby/Rails community, justsend an email to editor at railsmagazine dot com with youridea and we'll help you grow it into a published article!