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Ruby on Rails to ship with Leopard

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Tue August 8, 2006

RoR to ship with Leopard

Apple has officially confirmed that Ruby on Rails (RoR) will ship with Mac OS X Leopard, and a developer seed was distributed at WWDC containing Ruby 1.8.4 as well as Rails 1.1.2. "We fully expect to have Rails 1.2.x along with Mongrel, SQLite bindings, and lots of other Ruby goodies on the final gold master when it goes out in spring," wrote one Ruby on Rails team member. "It's been no secret that Apple is held in very high regard by the Rails community. Every single Rails Core contributor is running on Apple and the vast majority of Rails developers are too. To see Apple acknowledge this and return the favor is very rewarding."

by MacNN Staff





  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It might be useful for news purposes to recap what on earth Ruby on Rails is and what it it's supposed to do. I can click on the link and find out for myself, but then why would I need to read MacNN?


  1. Mixotic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple does it again. RUBY RED APPLES!!!

    How people can diss this company I have no idea. The techs out there who love configuring their Ubuntu build can keep on doing it, while the rest of us have some fun and actually PRODUCE something on our computer.

    I guess I'll never understand why you would want to spend the time wrestling with an Apache/MySQL install and config when Apple gives you a perfectly good version running right out of the box. I, personally, would rather spend my time creating content than configuring and maintaining the box to serve it.

    There's more to a computer than a .conf file....

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Que indeed

    It is pretty much one of those 'if you have to ask there's no point asking' questions, but :

    1. Ruby is a dynamic object-oriented scripting language, that is gaining a lot of interest. 2. Rails is a framework for writing web apps in Ruby, that allows people to very productively write applications that connect web pages and databases. It is development 'on rails' - provided you stick to the rails you go faster.

    Rails was developed by the guys at to power their web apps. You can tell from their apps they are Mac users. The Ruby training videos mostly use Macs and the TextMate editor.

    The reason it is a big deal is that it is an area of very fast growth and a lot of interest, particularly from Java developers growing tired of the complexity of the Java frameworks. The training videos make them go 'ooh' at the lovely Mac environment and textmate editor.

  1. gudin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    whither webobjects?

    This makes me wonder (as always) whether apple is going to continue letting WebObjects die on the vine.

    there will be no answers of course, other than to say "it's not dead yet!"

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