This walkthrough demonstrates how to create a Ruby Gem from scratch to interface with any API. The author is Ben Lewis writing for Engine Yard's blog. Referencing an imaginary web-accessible API called "bens benzes," the tutorial uses bundler to piece together the gem step by step. Users can clone the resulting gem from a GitHub project accessible from this page.
A short while ago Bob Reselman wrote a piece, Why Message Queues Suck. As you might imagine, the piece caused quite a stir, particularly on Reddit. Many readers did not buy the idea for a variety of reasons. One area of disagreement was around fail safety and high availability.
ODesk claims to be the future of work, or more recently: "Work 3.0." So it should come as no surprise that the next version of work comes with an API. If you’re not familiar with the platform, oDesk provides contractors and companies with a hourly billing system which both verifies the work done for the company, and guarantees payment to the contractor.