Just-in-time libraries

When I was a younger fellow, I would dream up perfectly formed libraries. I would marvel at how beautiful they were and how clever I was. Sometimes I would actually use the library in a project, sometimes not.

As I got older I started to build “just-in-time libraries”, which are libraries that you build only when you need them during the actual creation of a real project.

These kind of libraries are not complete, aren’t as beautiful to behold, and often have pragmatic things that aren’t 100% consistent. However they are guaranteed to be used and are naturally optimized to solve the problems that actually exist.

The reason I’m telling you this little story is because RMQ 0.7 was just released with a new feature: validations. It, like the rest of RMQ, was born during frustration while working on an actual project.

Gant Laborde create the validations feature and it’s a cool one. Thank you Gant.

See RMQ news below for more info on validations.

If you missed the last issue, you can find it here: issue #39.

Happy coding, Todd Werth (@twerth)

Articles, News, New Gems, and Blog Posts

August 14th, 2014 | new meetup
London RubyMotion meetup

August 11th, 2014 | blog post | by Rob Horrigan
RubyMotion 3.0: Android support

August 11th, 2014 | screencast | by Jack Watson-Hamblin
MotionInMotion – Episode 37 – Test Driven Development and Creating a Gem Part 2

August 9th, 2014 | blog post | by Kamil Lelonek
RubyMotion app with Facebook SDK

August 8th, 2014 | blog post | by Lori Olson
Static Tables in Code

August 7th, 2014 | blog post | by Gant Laborde
Dealing with bad data and the Hash structure’s defenses:

RubyMotion App of the Week


Hacker Bar by Mark Rickert

GitHub repo

Gems used in the app:

  • bubble-wrap
  • afmotion
  • motion-cocoapods
  • ib
  • menu-motion
  • motion_print

Pods used in the app:

  • Mixpanel-OSX-Community
  • Ono

RMQ News


Version 0.7 was just released. The major new feature is validations. They were created by Gant Laborde

Read the documentation here

# Examples of the Utility
rmq.validation.valid?('https://www.infinitered.com', :url) #true
rmq.validation.valid?(98.6, :number) #true

# Examples of Selection Rules
rmq.append(UITextField, :user).validates(:email)
rmq.append(UITextField, :password).validates(:strong_password)
rmq.append(UITextField, :pin).validates(:digits).validates(:length, exact_length: 5)

rmq(UITextField).valid? # checks if selected is valid
rmq(:password).clear_validations! #removes validations on selected

Hidden Gem by Gant Laborde

Avoiding begin/rescue for Hashes

In RubyMotion, if you were to run the following application, you can get back with me on how it went in about week or so.

n = 5000
my_hash = {a: 1, b: 2}

n.times do
    z = my_hash.fetch(:z)
    z = 26

Your REPL will be filled with n KeyErrors that run slowwwwwwwwww. The way RubyMotion handles exceptions is a nightmare in this particular situation. Today’s hidden gem is that Hash#fetch accepts a block. Instead you can write.

n = 5000
my_hash = {a: 1, b: 2}

n.times do
  z = my_hash.fetch(:z) do
    # do anything here.  Runs if fetch fails

This runs all 5000 in under a second. It’s a silly example, but it proves a point. For more information on Hashes, see my latest blog post: Dealing with bad data and the Hash structure’s defenses


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In Ruby:

0.1 + 0.2 == 0.3
#=> false

However, RubyMotion is correct:

0.1 + 0.2 == 0.3
=> true

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