Rails #3, Ruby #8 on most popular tutorials at OSCON

Ruby on Rails: Enjoying the Ride of Programming, the tutorial I’m giving at OSCON, is the third most popular tutorial for the entire conference! As Nathan Torkington from O’Reilly writes: “Tutorial signups for OSCON are a great measure of what’s hot in Open Source.” Rails most surely be hitting the hot still.

And it’s not only Rails. Dave Thomas’ Ruby tutorial is #8 on the same list! It’s going to be a fantastic conference for Ruby on Rails. And I’m not only saying that because I’m doing a keynote, a session talk, and this tutorial on the subject. Not at all. Really.

Designer CMS on Rails: Programmers needed!

There are surely lots of content-management system projects happening in Rails, but are any of them that magic bullet that designers are looking for? Designer CMS on Rails is a call to make just that happen. So if you have the programming chops to help a band of top-notch designers deliver an open-source system, get in touch with them, and make it happen.

Dreamhost now supports Ruby on Rails

Word on the street is that popular webhost Dreamhost now supports Ruby on Rails. That’s great news, especially if you’re already married to DH and wants to do Ruby on Rails development. For everyone else starting out or looking for a new host, the premier choice for Rails hosting is naturally still TextDrive. They have multiple Railers on staff, support the Rails project, and rock (this site is running on TextDrive).

Slashdotted: Agile Web Development with Rails

As the 6th Slashdotting of Rails comes a review of the Agile Web Development with Rails book. It’s written from the perspective of a PHP programmer who’s coming to terms with the patterns and approaches used. And he’s certainly enjoying the move:

Whether you believe the hype or not of “super productivity,” “Ten times faster development,” and “Better than anything else,” Ruby on Rails is a great tool to add to your belt. In fact, I find myself using it exclusively for Web apps, and I catch myself using python and PHP less and less and Ruby more and more for my day to day programs.

If you want to learn Ruby on Rails, Agile Web Development with Ruby on Rails is a great choice, and will probably be the definitive book on the subject.

The ensuing comments definitely also reflect the time passed since the first Slashdotting. There’s less ignorant wailing and more insightful help and suggestions. With enough exposure the baseline of knowledge is bound to rise.

Where should the Rails Bootcamp go?

Dave Thomas and Mike Clark are gearing up to run a series of Rails Bootcamps in the Fall. The idea is to take someone who haven’t been doing any Rails at all to become a capable driver of it. We’re talking a two-day fair with potentially another day assigned for a Ruby introduction. But where should it start? The two gents wants your opinion on that, so go vote for the Rails Bootcamp venue.

FastCGI gem is now safe as 0.8.6

The FastCGI gem was stranded at 0.8.5 for a while, which of course included a nasty memory leak. Thanks to Tobias, it’s now up to date as 0.8.6. Just do gem install fcgi and you’re all set.

Javalobby founder: 'Ruby on Rails is a powerhouse'

Dave Thomas is turning them into believers by the dozen at the No Fluff Just Stuff symposiums. His one-two of Ruby for Java Programmers and Ruby on Rails talks are delivering just the cocktail to get a whole lot of people interested.

One of those people is Rick Ross, the founder of Javalobby. Under the heading of Ruby on Rails is a powerhouse, Rick wrote the following in the most recent newsletter from Javalobby:

I didn’t get to spend much time at the No Fluff Just Stuff symposium here in Research Triangle Park this past weekend, but one noteworthy session I did get to attend was Dave Thomas’ presentation about “Ruby on Rails.” I was amazed as I sat through the 90-minute presentation watching Dave knock out feature after feature of a real-life web application in record time and with more compact code than any I had previously seen.

The Rails developers seem to have carefully considered the recurring pattern needs of web apps, and the framework provides full functionality for a typical database-backed CRUD (create, read, update, delete) application in a matter of minutes. Rails uses intelligent reflection to map database tables to Ruby objects, and the apps you generate with the Rails scripts form a very reasonable foundation for extending and customizing to meet your specific needs. Unit testing is built-in by default, as is a full web server for testing and debugging.

The next time you need to get the job done very quickly you may want to try out Ruby on Rails for yourself. I don’t know enough yet to say how much it can scale, but Rails is quite clearly a major step forward for those who want web application development to be easier. Dave has a new book in beta, check it out here.

Thanks a bunch, Rick. And keep it up, Dave.

IBM developerWorks introduces Rails with high praise

The top story on IBM developerWorks is none other than Fast-track your Web apps with Ruby on Rails. It’s a very nice, quick overview by example of why “Ruby on Rails is taking Web development by storm”, as David Mertz writes. He also has a particularly pleasing conclusion:

The best thing about Rails is that it fosters a whole “Rails way of thinking,” since it comes complete with all the supporting code you need. This is a big plus over other toolkits and frameworks that just give raw materials to work with. Rails development offers you a clear path from a half-formed idea to a fully functioning Web application.

Those conventions are more than just a better solution to configuration, it’s also a path through the jungle. Or a highway. Ah, no. A rail road. Yes, a rail road.