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Testing tools and an important note for Ruby 1.9 users

Dec 30, 2009 • posted by Michael Hartl

I've just deployed a rewrite of Section 2.2.1, which deals with the testing tools used in the Rails Tutorial book. In addition to general clarification, I added a critically important step for any readers using Ruby 1.9. I'm grateful for the reader feedback that identified an interaction issue between Ruby 1.9 and the most recent version of RSpec: if you're using Ruby 1.9 or plan to upgrade soon, be sure to see the note on Test::Unit in the section on Installing RSpec. And let me know if you have any comments or run into any problems in the rewritten section.

Michael Hartl

I’m Michael Hartl—author, educator, and entrepreneur. I’m probably best known as the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, a book and screencast series that together constitute one of the leading introductions to web development. Once called his “favorite book” by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the Ruby on Rails Tutorial currently has over 150 5-star reviews at Amazon. I’m also (in)famous for creating Tau Day and The Tau Manifesto, which have inspired an international movement dedicated to the proposition that “pi is wrong.” (For example, as a result of The Tau Manifesto, MIT releases their admissions decisions each year at “Tau Time” (6:28 p.m.), and typing tau/2 at Google yields 3.14159…) Finally, I’m a founder of Softcover, a publishing system and sales platform for technical authors, which among other things powers both The Tau Manifesto and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial.

I’m a graduate of Harvard College and have a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, where I studied black hole dynamics and was an award-winning instructor in theoretical and computational physics. I’m also an alumnus of Y Combinator, the entrepreneur program that has produced companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb. (Alas, my own Y Combinator startup was neither Dropbox nor Airbnb.)