Archive for the ‘rails’ Category

Roadmap for Learning Rails

If you have no prior development experience, one of the worst things you can do when learning Rails is to just dive in. Some of the concepts build on each other, so jumping in would be like signing up for a calculus class before you’ve learned algebra. Sure, you could muddle through it, but most of your time would be spent trying to figure out why things aren’t working.

Rack::Plastic Helps You Write Rack Middleware

Back in November I participated in the CodeRack Rack middleware contest. Besides submitting entries that were stupid and downright dangerous I actually managed to create some middleware of value.

Using Capybara in Rails 3

Capybara makes it easier to write integration tests. Its syntax is very similar to Webrat’s. The main difference between Capybara and Webrat is that Capybara has more architectural flexibility. It works with a variety of JavaScript-enabled browser simulators and–because it’s based on Rack–it works with any Rack-compatible web application or framework. Another advantage is that Capybara is compatible with Rails 3, but Webrat isn’t. Because Capybara is basically a more flexible Webrat, Capybara and Webrat are likely to merge.

Rails 3 Online Conference Word Cloud

I used Wordle to create a word cloud from the chat transcript of the Exploring Rails 3 online conference.

Installing Rails 3 Beta with RVM and Ruby 1.8.7

Jeremy McAnally posted some great instructions on installing Rails 3 beta. When I tried to install Rails 3 it complained that my Ruby version needed to be at least 1.8.7. Fair enough, I only had 1.8.6, and it was about time I upgraded.