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According to its founding light David Heinemeier Hansson (pictured), Ruby on Rails (RoR) is about "taking the pain away and making you happy." Hansson, who was a speaker at SYS-CON Events' inaugural "Real-World AJAX" One-Day Seminar earlier this year, says he knowingly advises people, before they try Rails, to cut their teeth in web-development on the mainstream offerings first. "Once you've tried developing a substantial application in Java or PHP or C# or whatever," he says, "the difference in Rails will be readily apparent. You gotta feel the hurt before you can appreciate the cure." Those attending SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Ruby on Rails" One-Day Seminar, on October 3, 2006 - many of whom by definition have already felt the hurt - can experience the happiness first-hand, when top Ruby on Rails practitioners share their insights, expertise, and code. The Semina... (more)

Testing in Ruby on Rails

You've just finished writing your Ruby on Rails application, your test suite tests your models and controllers in depth, but you still can't tell from your tests if your RJS responses are functioning properly, or if a Javascript error is happening in the browser, which means that your tests can still be improved. In this talk, the speaker will outline some options you have for testing your AJAX-powered Ruby on Rails application from both the client and server sides. The speaker will show examples illustrating how to test your RJS calls from the server-side with the use of some Ra... (more)

Ruby On Rails Moves At 'Acela' Rates Toward Java

If Java is a steady freight train, then Ruby on Rails is one of the sleek, super-fast Acela trains that whoosh travelers along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. Java has come under pressure as being unfit for the Web tier because of its complexity, while scripting or dynamic languages such as PHP, Perl and Python continue to gain acceptance because of their ease of use and performance. At both the EclipseCon and TheServerSide Java Symposium last week, two major Java-oriented events, the mantra seemed to be about how to make Java more like Ruby on Rails. Indeed, due to the complexity o... (more)

SYS-CON i-Technology Podcast: Internet TV Event Tracks, Ruby on Rails 1.0, Qanta Wins $100 Laptop Contract

Ruby on Rails has arrived at the big 1.0, according to Copenhagen-based developer David Heinemeier Hanson. Taiwan-based Quanta Computer has been awarded the contract to develop the world's first $100 laptop, a brainchild of MIT Media Lab Director Nicholas Negroponte that is intended to reach users throughout the world that can't afford current technology. ThunderHawk Symbian Series60 Edition complies with Symbian interface guidelines while offering the same features and functionality users have come to expect from ThunderHawk. SYS-CON’s Events "iTVcon Internet TV Conference & Expo,... (more)

AJAXWorld Conference Announces "Ruby on Rails" Session

As the web continues to gain a well-deserved recognition for being the most prudent choice for a de facto computing platform, the issue of its API is becoming very critical. In this presentation, Alex Bunardzic will argue that Ruby on Rails might be the most optimal API for programming the web. He bases his convictions on the fact that Rails is built upon the Resource-Oriented Architecture (ROA) which has REST as its underpinning. Not only has that architecture emerged as a publicly vetted standard, it's also notable for its radical simplicity (introducing the unbelievably simple... (more)