Hope you all had the most gorgeous holidays ever doing things you love the most. The newsletter team is back to work and you should receive your Rails weekly news as usual. Here are some of the latest and greatest improvements, fixes and releases during the break.
YAY! December 25th saw another important Ruby release. See the blog post for all the goodies in this new version and keep in mind Rails 5 will target Ruby 2.2+ exclusively. As of this week, Rails' master branch will only work on Ruby 2.2 or above.
4.0.13 is last planned release for the 4.0 release series, so you should migrate off it as soon as possible. From here on, the 4.1 (you can thank Rafael) and 4.2 release series will continue to receive regular bug fixes. Consult the maintenance policy for details.
Apparently holidays is no excuse for going to the beach all day long and having drinks away from computers. Rails community kept working hard during the break to keep improving the framework we appreciate so much. Thank you all!
As of Rails 5 callback chains won't be halted by returning false. Instead you should explicitly throw :abort. This will help keep things consistent among all frameworks included in Rails and avoid accidental halting caused by unexpected false return values.
Working with days and weeks just got a bit easier. Keep in mind these new helpers on_weekend?, next_weekday, prev_weekday, next_day, prev_day. Perhaps you had even implemented them before yourself! Good thing Rails will have them out of the box now :)
Rails will ship with a new Active Record macro for generating base 58 tokens out of the box. There's probably a large amount of applications already using this feature. As of the next major release you won't need to add another dependency or implement it yourself.
This week Rails got some more love with this major clean up (339 additions and 1,433 deletions) on its master branch. There's still some deprecations left though as the team figures how to best address them.
Watch out library authors! Sean Griffin put a lot of effort into improving Arel extensibility. Please get in touch with him if you need APIs to help your use case. (See also these follow-upcommits.)
That's all for This week in Rails. As always, there are more changes than we have room to cover here, but feel free to check them out yourself!
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