I spent some time getting up to speed with Ruby on Rails this weekend.
It’s been a while since I’ve coded anything, so I wasn’t sure how hard it would be. Turns out, it’s not hard at all. First of all, the Mac is a great platform to develop on. Secondly, tools like Locomotive exist which package up Ruby on Rails and install it easily. I had a sample program up and running in a few hours. And yesterday I had a cross-country flight to check things out in detail.
My impressions so far … Ruby is very elegant and Rails is a very powerful way to create a modeled and organized development environment. It makes web development easy, and maintaining it easier. It feels minimalist, with simple commands. But these simple commands mask a very disciplined approach to development.
My next steps, when I have time, build something interesting and upload it to a live server.