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.
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!
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!
Writeboards are collaborative documents with version control, difference tracking, and comments. They’re created through Writeboard.com, the latest Rails application from 37signals. And if you happen to have a Backpack, you can even manage your Writeboards from there. It’s totally free and you can create as many Writeboards as you like.
The code underneath is currently 908 lines, according to “rake stats”.
Ryan Raaum has just released a new version of Locomotive. It’s a collection of all the necessary dependencies for running Ruby on Rails on OS X and it ships with a nice controlling GUI for starting and stopping your applications.
Two of the frequent dependencies for Rails applications, RedCloth and Rake, both have problems in their latest releases. So you want to install the version just behind the latest. Install RedCloth 3.0.3 and Rake 0.5.4. Hopefully we can get the problems sorted out quickly.
ActiveRecord::Schema.define(:version => 8) do create_table "authors" do |t| t.column "name", :string t.column "ip", :string t.column "book_id", :integer end create_table "books" do |t| t.column "name", :string t.column "url_name", :string t.column "existing_page_titles", :text t.column "premiere", :integer, :limit => 1, :default => "0" end create_table "pages" do |t| t.column "title", :string t.column "book_id", :integer t.column "created_at", :datetime t.column "updated_at", :datetime end create_table "versions" do |t| t.column "page_id", :integer t.column "author_id", :integer t.column "created_at", :datetime t.column "body", :text t.column "book_id", :integer end end
The lighttpd team is well underway to remove the last major barrier for widespread adoption: File upload handling. Jan has written about the improved approach to file uploads that’ll buffer to disk instead of keep it all in memory. We’re eagerly awaiting its arrival in 1.4.5.
Rails has converged enough in both code, culture, and ambition to expand the commit team to include all members of the Rails core team that have been active for at least six months. The entire list of committers is as follows (new members in italic):
- David Heinemeier Hansson (nextangle)
- Florian Weber (csshsh)
- Jamis Buck (minam)
- Jeremy Kemper (bitsweat)
- Leon Breedt (bitserf)
- Marcel Molina Jr. (noradio)
- Michael Koziarski (nzkoz)
- Nicholas Seckar (ulysses)
- Sam Stephenson (sam-)
- Scott Barron (htonl)
- Thomas Fuchs (madrobby)
- Tobias Luetke (xal)
Congratulations to the eight “newcomers”. Bask in the glory of being a Rails committer!
Garret Dimon has a great explanation for why .NET is no longer his preferred tool for web development and why Ruby on Rails is. On Best Practices, he writes:
Rails takes all of the things you should be doing, and consolidates it into one very elegant framework. Directory structure, unit testing, functional testing, performance testing, database build scripts, MVC separation, validation, no XML configuration files, and more. It’s all there, and it all plays together nicely. This is my favorite aspect.
The Burton Group survey of Rails origin has concluded and the results are in: Half the Railers that responded came from PHP, one third comes from Java. A third of the 410 respondents even use Rails in “mission critical” applications. Three quarters consider Rails their primary web development tool.