Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Dec 2007 19:44 UTC, submitted by Bill Davenport
General Development Ruby on Rails 2.0 has been released. "Rails 2.0 is finally finished after about a year in the making. This is a fantastic release that's absolutely stuffed with great new features, loads of fixes, and an incredible amount of polish. We've even taken a fair bit of cruft out to make the whole package more coherent and lean." On Zenbits, they give tips on how to install 2.0.
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It's got some nice stuff
by openwookie on Fri 7th Dec 2007 20:48 UTC
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I've been running on edge Rails for a while, and I've been really enjoying it. The dev team has done well, moving non-core functionality into plugins, while incorporating plugin features that are superior to ones contained in the core (sexy migrations are a good example).

This will be the future of Rails development, as pretty much any feature can be developed as a plugin (Ruby makes this possible), and if it's proven to be an improvement to existing functionality, it will then be considered for admission to core.

On another note, if you still find Rails to be too 'big', I'd suggest taking a look at Merb ( It doesn't come with as many 'goodies' as Rails, but it is thread safe, plays well with Haml and ActiveRecord (as well as other ORMs). Check it out. The downside is that there is not as nearly as many plugins available (Rails biggest strength IMO).

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RE: It's got some nice stuff
by GMFlash on Sat 8th Dec 2007 05:57 in reply to "It's got some nice stuff"
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@openwookie: Rails 2.0 is definitely a welcome upgrade from previous versions. Even the view helpers alone feel much more intuitive than the 1.2.x series.

I'm also a merbivore like yourself. If Rails was rewritten from scratch with all of the lessons learned over the past 3 years you would pretty much have what merb is today. What excites me the most is you get rails-like functionality at twice the speed and 1/2 the memory usage.

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