Ruby On Rails (time for this Microsoft-centric developer to check it out — painlessly!)

August 21, 2006

Ruby On Rails resources and tutorials abound on the web and I’ve spent the last couple days plugging away on a few of them. Being a Microsoft developer has afforded me little insight into Ruby. There are a number of reasons, but the most important are the fact that the learning curve for .NET C# has been steep and that Apache and MySQL aren’t things I’d necessarily like to set up and configure on my server — I’d rather get a root canal.

All of that changed when I discovered the existence of InstantRails (http://instantrails.rubyforge.org/wiki/wiki.pl). Now my excuses for avoiding this spectacularly non-Microsoft environment have been at least partially removed. InstantRails encapsulates all of the tools you need to get up and running in a hurry with no install or configuration (a wonderful Ruby trait) necessary.

There are a number of good resources available online to at least get you going — and you’ll be amazed at how far “getting going” will get you.

Here are some of the best I’ve found:

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