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!

Writeboard: The 4th 37signals' application on Rails

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”.

Locomotive 0.2.4: Easy Rails for OS X

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.

Problematic dependencies: RedCloth 3.0.4 and Rake 0.6.0

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.

Database-agnostic schemas with migrations

ActiveRecord::Schema.define(:version => 8) do
  create_table "authors" do |t|
    t.column "name", :string
    t.column "ip", :string
    t.column "book_id", :integer
  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"
  create_table "pages" do |t|
    t.column "title", :string
    t.column "book_id", :integer
    t.column "created_at", :datetime
    t.column "updated_at", :datetime
  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

Lighttpd moves to address file upload issues

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 commit team jumps to 12 members

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!

Another .NET developer goes for Rails

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.

Migrating to Rails: Half from PHP, one third from Java

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.