Benjamin Curtis

Speculations on Web Development

Faker 1.0 Released

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Earlier this week I released version 1.0 of the Faker gem. It’s been about 4 years since the initial release of the gem, and the API has been fairly stable for the last couple of years, so I figured it was a good time to make the jump to 1.0. :)

This release finishes the conversion to I18n. Just about everything is in the locale files now, including the ability to define custom formats for everything – company names, street addresses, etc. And, with the magic of method_missing, you can add new items to your locale file and have them show up as methods in the Faker classes.

The 1.0 release also settles some long-standing issues people have had with bad interaction between Faker, Rails 2.3, and locales (especially fallbacks). Though I’m not actively seeking to support Rails 2.3, I at least don’t want it to be broken, so this release should cover that. Both Ruby 1.9.2 and 1.8.7 are fully supported.

Finally, I want to send out a big “thank you” to everyone (and there are a lot of them) who contributed code and ideas to this release. I really appreciate the interest shown and the work done by so many people who use and love Faker. According to rubygems.org, it has been installed over 400,000 times — over 1,000 times in the past few days!

Of course, I’m not done yet… next on the feature list is Faker::Image, which will provide an interface to all those cool fake image generator services out there. :)

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