Note To Self: How To Build Gems
Update (18 October): things have changed.
This topic has come up quite a bit recently. I'd never really thought about it much before — I just used [Jeweler] because that's what [GitHub recommended][plug]. However I had been noticing that Jeweler made what should have been a simple task complicated. And it decimated the signal to noise ratio of my commits: my "real" commits were swamped by ones Jeweler made to update the version number and so on. So after looking into the matter briefly, here's what I now think. The [gemspec DSL][gemspec] is nice and clean. Don't hide it behind something like Jeweler. We need to: * build versioned gems * build versioned archives (.tar.gz) * tag the versions in Git / on GitHub * push the versioned gems to rubygems.org * (optional) install versioned gems locally We can do all this by hand; it's pretty simple. We can also save typing with Rake. Either DIY: * [Fyi's rakefile][fyi] (but not DRY and no archives yet) * [Shotgun's rakefile][shotgun] * [Mustache's rakefile][mustache] Or using a *simple* tool like [minimal gem (mg)][mg]: * [Gist's rakefile][gist]