Want to get started with Ruby on Rails?

by Volker Weber

Apple has published a nice tutorial that steps you through creating your first application with Ruby on Rails. Here is the intro:

The Ruby on Rails web application framework has built up a tremendous head of steam over the last year. Fueled by some significant benefits and an impressive portfolio of real-world applications already in production, Rails is destined to continue making significant inroads in 2006. Simply put, Ruby on Rails is an open source tool that gives you the advantage of rapidly creating great web applications backed by SQL databases to keep up with the speed of the web. And with the release of Rails 1.0 kicking off the new year, there's never been a better time to climb aboard.

This article introduces you to Ruby on Rails by building a trivial web application step by step. Consider it a ride on the express train—an overview of what Rails can do, including a look at features new to Rails 1.0. In the end you'll be better equipped to consider the advantages of powering your web application with Rails.

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If you are just curious about Ruby on Rails and want to play with it but don't want to touch the console or do gem installs, try http://locomotive.raaum.org

Marten Oosterhoff, 2006-02-28

Good catch. Thanks!

Volker Weber, 2006-02-28

Well hey, we have Ruby at DevSource too! (I can't help it, I'm its editor.)

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