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Rails and Merb Ruby Web Frameworks Merge 80

An anonymous reader writes "The Merb and Rails Core Teams today announced a major merger; the two projects will become one, and be released some time in Q2 of 2009 as Rails 3. This is great news for lots of folks who worried about the potential community fracture, as well as great news for all the developers who will now have an all-around better option for programming Ruby. Read more about the details in Yehuda's blog post, or at the Ruby on Rails blog."
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Rails and Merb Ruby Web Frameworks Merge

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  • by ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) on Tuesday December 23, 2008 @05:56PM (#26217275)

    At time of posting we have:

    • rubyonrailssucks
    • rubysucks
    • rubysucksdonkeyballs
    • fuckruby
    • rubyblows


    Either the taggers got up on the wrong side of bed today, or my general impression of Ruby is horribly wrong.

  • by mypalmike (454265) on Tuesday December 23, 2008 @06:51PM (#26217793) Homepage

    I just finished my first rails project, a caption contest []. Took about 3 days to implement. OK, yeah, the ugly html layout sucks at the moment, but the backend functionality works pretty well considering the time invested.

  • by poulbailey (231304) on Tuesday December 23, 2008 @07:18PM (#26218043)

    Speaking of which, why won't Slashdot let me turn the tags off?

  • Re:Who cares (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Enry (630) <enry AT wayga DOT net> on Tuesday December 23, 2008 @07:42PM (#26218253) Journal

    It may be easy to write and deploy, but as a sysadmin that builds the systems that run RoR apps, it stinks.

    There's little to no debugging, we've gone through four different ways to run RoR apps, and there are new versions every few weeks.

    For real fun, try running a Rails app where it's deployed to an NFS filesystem and then try to run the app via CGI. You can see how well it's 'optimized'.

  • Really great news (Score:3, Interesting)

    by astrashe (7452) on Tuesday December 23, 2008 @07:55PM (#26218365) Journal

    This will give the Merb people a lot more momentum, and their project will have a really big community, a thriving job market, and lots of books written about it.

    And it will give Rails the value of all of the good stuff that Merb brings to the table -- Rails will be more modular and less monolithic, easier to learn, and easier to move forward because people will be able to split off smaller pieces and improve them.

  • Doh. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 23, 2008 @09:17PM (#26218931)

    Hmmm. Merb was awesome because it was a lighter, faster, less bloated Rails. I'm not convinced that merging the two will result in anything other than dragging Merb down to Rails' level.

  • Re:WTF (Score:2, Interesting)

    by ComaVN (325750) on Wednesday December 24, 2008 @01:36AM (#26220383)

    I just have a hard time taking a language seriously that seems to overload integers to do date/time calculations. Everything seems mixed together in true spaghetti fashion, and that, more than anything, turns me off the language and framework entirely.

    Agreed, but note that it's rails that adds the date/time functionality, not ruby. While I think it's great that it's *possible* to change the behaviour of core classes, this should be done with extreme restraint, and rails seems to have gone a bit overboard with it.

How come everyone's going so slow if it's called rush hour?