I’m Using Ruby on Rails

So it may look like the old site, but you are looking at brand spanking rewrite.

OneMansWalk now sits on top of RubyOnRails. And it’s nice. Very, very nice. For the first time I could actually see Ruby as something that I would actually ask a client to consider for a web application.

It still is file based which lets me use cvs as a way to work in a disconnected fashion. However, I’ve started separating content from logic, so the site is now a project on RubyForge at http://rubyforge.org/projects/blinki/ and doesn’t include any content :).

I’ve had a lot of requests to get a site like this up and running for my friends, so next up I’m going to try to install it on one of their machines and then work on packaging it for non programmers. I want to create a windows installer that installs apache, ruby, imagemagick, and this source code. We’ll see how that goes. It will be successful when my mom can install it :)

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6 Responses to “I’m Using Ruby on Rails”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    Let’s do it

  2. Wadsbone Says:

    I want to see your code for this thing when I get to Seattle. I’ve been working on a lot of web design lately. I’ve been using PHP, which is a pretty great web language if you use it properly, but I’d like to see how Ruby works for the same purpose. And, if you want to be a real interslice hyper-nerd, we can work on getting those nasty tables out of your layout. :)

  3. Jay Fields Says:

    I’m curious why you didn’t use “rublog”:http://rubyforge.org/projects/rublog/? I’ve not used it, and am not advocating it, just wondering why you decided not to use it.

  4. Jeremy Says:

    I actually have seen Rublog, I worked on some patches for it a year or two ago. It was my intro to ruby and was a good one.

    I rolled my own blog software for a couple reasons :
    1) I wanted to have tight integration between pictures and wiki and blog
    2) Honestly, I wanted to play with ruby on my own project

    If my only goal had been to have a working blog, I would have probably used rublog or some other oss blog package, but I had other goals. It’s been fun. And it really makes me appreciate ruby on rails, writing the same app with and without it.

  5. Tom Says:

    “I’ve been working on a lot of web design lately. I’ve been using PHP, which is a pretty great web language if you use it properly…”

    That right there tells me that you should stick to web designing. No programmer worth his/her salt is going to talk about a language from the sense of “if you use it right”. A language is a language, what makes a project work or not is if the PROGRAMMER KNOWS HOW TO WRITE SOFTWARE.

  6. Jack Bolles Says:

    Dude – a little harsh. I’m not a PHP developer, nor do I play one on tv, so he may have meant something else entirely – do OO in OO languages, functional programming in functional languages, …

    We’ve all heard the phrase ” A good C programmer can write good C in any language”. Your man Tom may have been referring to this, and his attempt to not write good C – or whatever – with PHP and to get his head around the intricacies and idiosyncracies of the language. You are multilingual (both in human and computer terms). While you could figure out how to write something in a romantic language you’ve yet to master, you’ll not be writing poetry for the ages at that stage.

    On the other hand, Tom if you’re reading this, then read this: http://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?ProgrammerVsCoder. If you don’t self-identify as a programmer, than I defer to Stell-J’s original comments.