Agile Web Development with Rails, 3rd Edition

You asked for, heck, you demanded it, and now it’s becoming a reality. The original Rails book, Agile Web Development with Rails, is getting a facelift and the 3rd edition is now available as a beta book.

The book will be targeting Rails 2 and thus cover the many improvements in features and idioms that Rails have seen since the last edition of the book.

We also have a new author on board with the project: Sam Ruby. Sam co-authored the wonderful RESTful Web Services and have been involved with the Ruby and Rails communities for quite some time now. It’s fantastic to have him involved with the book.

Ruby Heroes accepting nominations

Ruby Hero Award is a great initiative to highlight some of all the hard-working people in the Ruby and Rails communities who might otherwise not get as much exposure as their work deserves. So go on an nominate your favorite hacker and let’s celebrate the many great people doing good stuff.

rubyonrails.org was not hijacked

Due to a snafu at the domain company holding rubyonrails.org, the site was turned into their default Google-baiting holding spot yesterday. The problem has now been resolved and the Google-bait has been eradicated. Sorry for the scare.

Rails (and family) on Lighthouse

Lighthouse “version 2” deployed yesterday, so I’m officially opening the Rails Lighthouse tracker up for business. Other spinoff projects such as Prototype and Capistrano have already made the switch. As David has mentioned, this means the current trac instance is deprecated. It will continue to stay in use for now until everyone has transitioned to Lighthouse.

We’re still figuring out the new workflow with git, Github, and Lighthouse. I’ll be working with the Logical Awesome folks to improve the Lighthouse/Github relationship. I’m also working with Tim Pope (author of the awesome git-trac tool) and others in #rails-contrib on bringing the same development tools to the new git infrastructure. Tim also wrote some best practices for contributing to Rails from git.

Passenger (mod_rails for Apache) launches

The guys at Phusion has finally wrapped up Passenger, their mod_rails-like module for Apache. It’s looking like a great, easy solution for people who want a more PHP-like deployment story. Just dump your files in a directory setup with a vhost and off you go. Touch tmp/restart.txt and the application is restarted. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Rails premieres on GitHub

GitHub has now officially launched and Rails is right there at the premiere. The Rails repository now lives at rails/rails and you can check it out with:

git clone git://github.com/rails/rails.git

If you don’t have git, or don’t enjoy running it on your platform, you need not fear. We’ve set up an automated task to produce a zip file of Rails Edge that’ll be kept up to date all the time: http://dev.rubyonrails.org/archives/rails_edge.zip. This is also what we’ve made the new rake rails:freeze:edge use.

This also means that development on the Subversion repository has stopped and will no longer be kept up to date. We’ll keep the Subversion repository around for some time for people to transition off svn:externals, though. But if you want the latest edge, you’ll have to use either git or the new zip files.

We’ll also soon go live with our new ticket management system, which will be running on a new version of Lighthouse. When that happens, the Trac installation will follow the Subversion repository into legacy. We’ll still keep it around so we can work through all the patches and tickets that are there, but everything new will happen on the Lighthouse setup.

We hope you’ll enjoy this upgrade to the Rails collaboration infrastructure. We’re really looking forward to the onslaught of marvelous patches that the Git lords have promised us will flow from the mountain now.

Why Git won't mean Rails snubs Windows

There seem to be some confusion over what the core development of Rails on Git will mean to Windows users. The simple answer is: Absolutely nothing. But let me give you a slightly more involved answer:

  • rake rails:freeze:edge will still work. We’ll make it use either zip or tar.gz files. It’ll actually be even better as it won’t even require a SCM to work.
  • Tickets will still accept regular patches that you can create with any diff tool.

So this will mean no difference to users of Rails and it’ll mean no difference to developers of Rails. What it will mean is that people who are interested in using Git (which again does come in a variety of flavors for Windows despite not being as well-supported as on nix) will get some value-added features in form of easier branching and the other Git goodies.

If you’re freaking out, calm down. Rails and the developers behind it have snubbed Windows far, far worse in the past :). The original release of the framework didn’t even run on Windows. This move to Git is not a snub.