The Accidental Rubyist

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ruby gems that waste our time

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I searched through gemcutter.org and find a gem named “cri“. It says:

“Cri is a library for building easy-to-use commandline tools.”. There’s no webpage or any further information on the web but there are some 1850 downloads so it must be good, right? So i install it, and find absolutely no documentation, no examples, no usage of any kind. Going through the source reveals its just another command line parser which perhaps prints a nice help. So i delete “cri”.
Should it not be basic ettiquette for developers to release gems only with some minimal documentation and samples. Should we have to download and browse source to know what a gem does and even then not be sure if it works ?

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Written by totalrecall

July 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Posted in ruby

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  1. Amen, brother! It would also be fantastic if bloggers of time-sensitive, technical info. were to always list a published/updated date. Actually, I think that should be probably be netiquette for any blogger.

    David Rivers

    July 29, 2010 at 2:28 am


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