This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
A lot of developers I work with don't like to include "third party" code in any of their applications unless they know how it works. Is there a way to "unzip" a ruby gem to see the underlying code? Are they produced using a reliable standard, or can anyone just throw together a gem that may be inconsistent or malicious?