AWS Developer Blog

New Blog, New Org, and New Issue Reporting!

Hey everyone!

My name is Loren Segal, and I will be working with Trevor Rowe on our shiny new blog here at Amazon Web Services. We both work on the AWS SDK for Ruby, and over the coming weeks, months, and years, we will be using this spot to post new updates, tips, and tricks about the Ruby SDK. We hope these posts will be informative and shed some light on what’s coming down the pipe, but we also want to get the word out about all the cool things we already support. We’re really excited about sharing all this new information with you.

And with that, we already have new announcements to make: we are changing our GitHub organization name and enabling GitHub Issues in our new organization for easier issue and feature tracking in the Ruby SDK!

A better GitHub organization name

We decided to move our GitHub amazonwebservices organization to the much shorter and easier-to-remember aws organization. With that change, we’ve also renamed the project from "aws-sdk-for-ruby" to a simpler "aws-sdk-ruby". We will be following this naming convention across our other projects to make things easier for our collaborators.

As of this blog post, we will no longer be developing against our old repository, but we will leave this old repository around so that users can still access the code. Note, however, that in about a week, we replace the contents of the repository with a README guiding our new users to the proper repository location.

Remember to update your Git remotes and Gemfiles!

If you’re currently pointing your remotes to our old organization, now is the time to update the location to the new repository. You can do so by typing the following command in your local working copy (assuming the remote is origin):

$ git remote set-url origin git://

If you are pointing your Gemfiles to our Git repository, you will also want to update those by pointing to the new repo:

gem 'aws-sdk', :git => "git://"

Note that for Gemfiles, we would much rather you point to the gem released on, though!

GitHub Issues are enabled!

Finally, with our newly renamed organization, we’ve decided to enable GitHub Issues on the new aws-sdk-ruby project. You can now post bug reports, submit pull requests, and track development progress right on our issues page.

Since we’re on the topic, here are a couple of notes about submitting new issues:

Submitting pull requests: include tests

We love when users contribute code to the SDK! Really! If you’ve found a bug in the SDK and you’ve tracked down the issue and have a local working patch, submitting a pull request will help us get the fix out to our users much faster than just submitting a bug report and greedily keeping that awesome bugfix to yourself!

However, if you do plan on submitting pull requests, please try to include tests for your new code. The better the tests, the more easily we can guarantee that your patch will continue to work, and the quicker we can pull it in. Now that we are using Travis-CI for continuous integration, GitHub will happily tell us that your changes will not break the build.

Submitting bug reports: include reproduction steps

If you are having issues with the SDK not working properly, we want to hear about it and fix it. GitHub Issues now allows you to post your problems directly on our GitHub repository. If you do report an issue, please make sure to include reliable reproduction steps, as well as much extra relevant information as possible. Please make sure you do not post your AWS credentials in bug reports, however! We will never ask you for this information— that is your data.

Shiny new things!

We’re really happy about these new changes. The new blog will be here to provide new insight on what we’re up to on the Ruby team, and hopefully the new GitHub re-organization will make it much easier to contribute code and submit bugs on the AWS SDK for Ruby! Go check out our new org right now: