About the outage from roughly May to July 2011: a distribution upgrade on the server broke this service because apparently the guys who develop Ruby/DBI decided to change the data type for timestamps into something that’s completely incompatible with the normal type. Sorry for that… and sorry for taking so long, but none of the users of ruby-co.de notified me. ;)
…to ruby-co.de, the place where you can get a really cool HTTP URL.
ruby-co.de offers a free HTTP redirection service. To get your own redirect, please read the instructions below.
There isn’t any. Specifically, you don’t have to pay anything, no ads will be displayed during the redirection, nor will any other evil things happen (except for server outages which I’m afraid I’m not immune against).
Why do I offer this service then, you ask? Someone on #ruby-lang on Freenode came up with the idea for this domain name and I went ahead and registered it. Using it all for myself isn’t all that exciting, though, so I set up this redirection service. I’m sure you won’t complain.
Terms of Service
You may use this service only if all of the following applies:
- You are an individual that likes Ruby.
- You are not using an automated mechanism (such as a robot) to register subdomains.
- You are creating a subdomain for the sole purpose of having a redirector to your personal homepage, a developer portfolio, or a Ruby project website.
- You are not infringing any trademarks with the choice of your subdomain’s name.
This service will cease to exist if any of you repeatedly ignore those rules.
Apart from that, I certainly wouldn’t reject if you placed a link to ruby-co.de on your website to help spread the word. ;)
Currently, subdomains using the following forms are supported:
If you have alternative suggestions, please contact me.
If you have questions or suggestions regarding this website, please see my contact page.
Register, change or remove a subdomain
Let’s see. You tell it your e-mail address, the desired domain name, the target URL for the redirection… and that’s it. You’ll then receive an e-mail that contains an URL. If you visit that URL, your subdomain will become active.
You can use the request path of the URL the user entered within your target URL, using the “%s” placeholder. For example, if you specify http://yubnub.org/parser/parse?command=%s as the target URL for yn.ruby-co.de, anyone who requests http://yn.ruby-co.de/ls+google will be forwarded to
To change your subdomain’s target URL, just specify the new target and your old domain and e-mail address; you will be sent another e-mail that contains yet another URL you can visit.
Got any suggestions for additional exciting features I could hack into ruby-co.de? Let me know this instant! I’ll be delighted to hear from you.
All e-mail addresses entered here are neither published nor given out to anyone. They’re not used for sending brain-dead mass e-mails, either.
How popular is it?
We have statistics about the usage of ruby-co.de. Statistics are broken. Sorry.