Major healthcare application switches from J2EE to Rails

Rick Bradley shares a great case study on how his team replaced a partial J2EE solution that wasn’t moving the team forward fast enough with Rails. Result? A 20:1 reduction in the amount of code needed to solve the problem.

And this is not Yet Another Blog, or even those luxury todo lists we do at 37signals, but a healthcare application that has to play in the regulated world of HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, drug trial requirements, and all that other heavy-duty joy.

Rails takes another step deeper into The Enterprise.

Even more Rails training from Relevance

In case the public, scheduled training programs doesn’t fit your organization, consider Relevance for on-site appointments instead. Justin Gethland and team offers a wide range of packages. Including a 2-day Advanced Rails program.

Any other training offers out there we’ve missed?

Typo theme contest: Win cool stuff!

Geoffrey Grosenbach has put together a Typo theme contest to get a whole bunch of cool new blog designs generated for the premiere Rails blogging engine. You can win the Rails book, a 4GB iPod nano, licensees to TextMate, and lots of other cool stuff. Make Typo pretty!

Rake 0.6.2 fixes incompatibilities

Jim Weirich has released Rake 0.6.2, which fixes the incompatibilities that earlier 0.6.x releases had with Rails. Just fire up gems and do “gem install rake” to get the latest.

Learn Ruby on Rails from the Pragmatics

Dave Thomas and Mike Clark has just announced the Pragmatic Studio and their intentions to run a Rails Studio as their first workshop.

It’ll be two days of action-packed Ruby on Rails training that’ll touch on all parts of the framework. If you’re skeptic about the studio only being two days and whether that’ll leave to any usable software, they reply:

Can you really learn how to build web applications with Rails in two days? Absolutely! Now, if we were trying to teach you how to build web applications using Spring, Hibernate, and a mishmash of other J2EE technologies, you’d be away from the office for at least a week. Instead, by the end of the week you could have your Rails application up and running!

You should hurry, though. Signup is happening rapidly for the first date on November 18-19 in Reston, VA. The price ranges from $1,000 (single person including 1-day Ruby tutorial) to $650 (part of 5+ team, just Rails).

RadRails: Eclipse-based IDE specifically for Ruby on Rails

Since not everyone has yet switched to a Mac and can enjoy the benefits of TextMate, we need people working on better editor and IDE support for other platforms. RadRails is a project to build a cross-platform IDE for Ruby on Rails using the Eclipse platform. It’s still very early days, but they have an alpha out you can play with. And there’s a lot of activity around the project. Sounds promising indeed.

Ruby on Rails in Wired by Tim O'Reilly

Tim O’Reilly recently did a piece called “What’s on Tim’s Radar?”. It features a handful of concepts and software that Tim O’Reilly believes to be “…innovative, world-changing, or just plain cool”. Guess what’s in that fine bunch? Ruby on Rails!

The quote:

Ruby On Rails: A framework, based on the Ruby programming language for rapid Web development, makes it easier than ever to build a site that draws on a big database. Presto: instant Amazons and eBays!