Two recent reviews of Agile Web Development with Rails

If you’re still unsure as to whether buying Agile Web Development with Rails is a good idea, these two reviews might convince you. Glen Swinfield writes:

After reading, probably 50% of the book, I’m sold on the benefits of Ruby on Rails application building and I am considering using a Ruby on Rails approach in a few upcoming client projects. There are still things I can do faster with php, but this is a skills gap issue on my part – there is always a slow period when you first learn something new, and it’s easy to just sack it and continue as you are, so it is important to keep making progess during these stages – this book will ensure that you do. Each new chapter teaches something new, significant and interesting, it is well written gets a 4.5 out of 5 from me. Excellent.

Richard Monson-Haefel, an analyst with the Burton Group, writes:

In my opinion, this is one of the best development books I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time. I found myself reading almost the entire book – which is unusual since I normally can’t get past a few pages in most technical books before labeling it crap and putting in the circular bin. (I do not donate those books to the library because I don’t want to encourage their distribution).

Thanks, guys!

Ruby 1.8.3 has been released

But hold your horses on installing it for a production Rails system. At least one compatibility issue has been spotted between Rails 0.13.1 and Ruby 1.8.3. Over the next days, we’ll look for any other issues and be sure to resolve them shortly.

UPDATE: The Rails beta gems now include a fix for the incompatibility.

The wiki is down

While we’re working on bringing it back, you can get the HTML backup (2.6MB). The homepage for that export is broken, but the rest should be good.

Madeleine is so stretched beyond breaking point for handling a wiki the size of the Rails one. Ugh.

FCGI replacement in the making for Rails

Zed A. Shaw is working on a SCGI implementation in pure Ruby that’ll hopefully make for a more pleasant experience than FCGI once ready. He just announced the v0.3 of the SCGI Rails Runner and I’d encourage everyone to go have a look. It may not yet be ready to dethrone FCGI, but with enough exposure, it’ll hopefully soon be a viable alternative.

Ruby on Rails as a Burton Group telebriefing

The Burton Group advices Fortune 500 CTOs and other big shots on existing and upcoming technology. On September 28th, they will host a telebriefing using a panel discussion with Dave Thomas, David Geary, and yours truly. This briefing will come hot on the heels of a new report currently being prepared by the group that examines Ruby on Rails and encourage the enterprise to start getting interested.

The eight steps of a Rails conversion

Brett at San Antonio Safe List recalls the process that he has seen folks with PHP, Python, Java, and DBA experience go through when meeting Rails:

  1. Everything is so weird.
  2. Everyone is really annoyed by Rails’ “black magic” where all this stuff just happens for you.
  3. People realize that programming tasks are handled in a single line.
  4. They have to lookup how to do something Ruby.
  5. They realize how much faster they are building things.
  6. They forget about all other languages and stop saying “Well in Java I’d do this…In python it works like this…Thats just like the ternary operator in Perl…”
  7. They wonder why in the hell that hadn’t been playing with this a year ago.
  8. They’re on Rails.