Built by Sam Symons, this Ruby Gem to the Reddit API is free for developers to integrate into Ruby applications without restrictions. Using this interface, developers can programmatically access the functionality of Reddit.com. The project is well documented with code examples on writing tests, debugging, pagination, authentication, and more. The gem is constructed similarly to the Octokit.rb (a Ruby toolkit for the GitHub API) and some Twitter ruby gems.
Developers have always exercised more influence over all things IT than generally acknowledged. But now it looks like the reach of that influence is starting to extend well into business and society itself. A new survey of 1,000 software developers in the U.S. published today by Chef, providers of an open source framework for automating the management of IT, finds that 94 percent of the developers surveyed expect to be a revolutionary influence in major segments of the economy during the next five years. Additionally, 63 percent feel a talented software developer has more power to change society than a talented public speaker.
GitHub, the premier open source collaboration platform, has extended the functionality of it's API to accommodate development work-flows that occur after a code commit. Third party services will now be able to set one of four status codes on a commit: pending, error, failure, or success.