Posts tagged: rails

Philosophy of scaffolding

I've been having a look at Ruby on Rails again, now that version 2 has been released. Generally, I like what I find in this new release. Rails is opinionated software - it isn't afraid to commit to an approach, rather than trying to be 'all things to all men'. In a way, this is a continuation of the convention over configuration philosophy which underpins much of Rails' design. For example SOAP services support has been moved out of the main release and made available as a plugin, while Rails has been refactored to support ReST functionality by default via ActiveResource. [continues...]

Paul Walk , January 8, 2008

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Not a unicorn, nor Switzerland neither

I've just listened to a podcast of David Heinemeier Hansson's keynote at RailsConf 2007 (which actually took place back in May of this year). David describes the changes and new features being introduced into Rails 2.0. Firstly, he is at pains to point out that Rails 2.0 will not represent a radical change, or a complete re-write. Also, 95% of what will constitute Rails 2.0's new features are already available in the bleeding edge EdgeRails and are being actively used. [continues...]

Paul Walk , November 9, 2007

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Java web frameworks - the Rails influence

I’m re-examining the state of web-frameworks for Java at the moment, with a particular focus on support for Ajax and JSR168 portlets. It’s interesting to see the impact that Ruby on Rails has already had in this space. For example, several Java frameworks have started to favour convention over configuration, even if sporadically. Matt Raible has created a summary document, Java Web Frameworks Sweet Spots, of the current state of Java web frameworks, formed out of a series of short Q&A sessions with principal developers from 11 frameworks. [continues...]

Paul Walk , April 12, 2006

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Gone off (the) Rails? Not quite, but nearly....

Well, I've given Rails the once over, and I'm both really impressed with it and very frustrated by it at the same time. The Rails framework really does deliver in so many areas, making 80% of the usual web-application development tasks almost trivial - I especially like the skeleton view components. And while I'm very much a newbie, I'm starting to really appreciate the power of the Ruby language. I already have some development ideas which might be ideally realised with Rails. [continues...]

Paul Walk , February 25, 2006

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