Developers around the world have flocked to Ruby on Rails for its simple-to-use framework. Now, a pair of open source efforts are aiming to make it easier to get started with Rails and to get Rails apps properly deployed.
On the installation side, using the open source RailsInstaller has been one of the easiest ways to get Rails onto a developer’s machine. RailsInstaller had been available only for Windows until late last week when it expanded to include Apple’s Mac OSX as well.
“RailsInstaller for OSX gives you everything you need so you’re ready to build Rails apps,” said Dr. Nic Williams, VP Developer Evangelism at Engine Yard and author of RailsInstaller, told InternetNews.com. “Those items include Ruby, Rails, Git and SQLite.”
A key challenge for Rails developers on all platforms is the issue of bootstrapping when it comes to app deployment. That’s where the App Scrolls effort — also led by Williams — might be a help.