Rails 2.1 is not far off the horizon and we’ve been adding a ton of extra deliciously nice goodies in preparation of its release lately. As always, the good Ryan Daigle has been keeping a watchful eye on the changelog and has been documenting some of the new features. The latest stars are:
Watch out, Railsters. The next big thing is going to be Cobol on Cogs.
Amazon has a cool article on how to use Active Resource as a consumer for SimpleDB through the AWS SDB Proxy for Rails.
Hongli and crew from Phusion have been hard at work for some time to fix the ease-of-deployment issue on Apache with their Passenger project. They now have a video that demos how simple it’ll be to install and get running with mod_rails. Check it out.
Update: Hongli has posted some promising performance benchmarks for mod_rails.
He’s been doing great work all around the framework and has been spearheading both the documentation branch in git and a thorough cleanup of Action View internals. We’re really happy to hand him the commit keys to the repository.
Second, we’ve created the Rails core alumni for all the proud members of the core group who are no longer in the day-to-day improvement of the framework itself. All of the alumni are still busy working in the Ruby on Rails ecosystem, but either have their hands full with their business or has dedicated their open source time to other initiatives.
We’re incredibly grateful for all the works you guys have done for Ruby on Rails over the years. And you’re all welcome back in the active core group any time you decide. Thanks guys!
Finally, this means that the current active core group is about half its former size. We’d like to add a few more to that, so hopefully we can pick a few more people who’ve been doing varied work on the framework for a sustained period of time soon.
Hongli Lai has compared a dummy scaffold application from Rails 1.2 to Rails 2.0 and found the latter to be 30-50% faster. That’s great to see.
But what I think is even more interesting is the progress we’ve been making on performance optimizations for more substantial applications. Rails 2.0 made a lot of progress for applications with lots of assets and for ones with big routes.rb files. The forthcoming Rails 2.1 will move things forward even further.
UPDATE: Hongli also investigated memory consumption on 1.2 vs 2.0 and found 2.0 to be significantly slimmer. Nice!
Funny Or Die is pulling high G’s scaling their Rails site to handle 9GBps of video and 20MBps of compressed HTML traffic from the stunts of Will Ferrell and others. Their top video has been seen no less than 50 million times. Rock on, guys.
Aptana has released RadRails 1.0 with a bunch of cool new features. I really like their debugging and profiling tools that allow you to inspect the call graph and see where the hot spots in your code are. The fact that RadRails is free and open source as well certainly doesn’t hurt.
The $100 early-bird discount lasts until April 10th, but it seems like the open seats might not. So if you’re looking to meet up with the rest of the Rails community in Portland, you probably better get your registration in and your travel plans in line. It’s going to be a blast.
Scotland on Rails is set to take place on April 4th and 5th in Edinburgh, Scotland featuring speakers from the UK, Europe, US and New Zealand. A list of sessions and speakers is available on the conference website.
Registration is now open but there’s a limited number of spots available, so if you’re interested you’re should get in quickly.