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Ruby on Rails
Ruby on Rails on Windows
OK I admit it, I'm working on a Windows box. And the meeting of Windows and Ruby on Rails is like a failing blind date; they can talk but there is no real chemistry and the relationship isn't going to last. But until my wife buys me a Mac Book Pro I'm stuck with a Windows XP machine and I'll see what I can do with it.
You will need:
Ruby on Rails
Obvious really. You're gonna need Rails. You'll get Ruby with this and a bunch of other stuff.
Editor or IDE
Some folk like text editors and other folk like Integrated Development Environments but you're going to need something.
Most, but not all, Rails applications need a database. InstantRails comes with both MySQL and SQLite 3.0.
Options: MySQL, SQLite
For MySQL you'll need a database administration tool.
Within InstantRails MySQL is set up with:
username = "root"
password = blank
Don't change this for development or test but your production database will need A real username/password.
- db/scheme.rb: If you just want to see what the schema is then open db/scheme.rb and have a look.
- mysqladmin: For the command line guys you've got mysqladmin and mysql. Personally I prefer something more graphic.
- phpMyAdmin: InstantRails also comes with phpMyAdmin which gives a Web interface to your database. Being web it is a bit clunky but its ok. You'll need both Apache and MySQL services running in InstantRails. then try I. > Configure > Database (via PhpMyAdmin). It'll launch a web page.
- HeidiSQL - nice open source GUI interface for MySQL
- RadRails and NetBeans (Ruby) both have database views.
A web site needs a webserver. Ruby on Rails comes with Mongrel and Webrick. InstantRails also comes with Apache.
To use Rails you'll need a command line.
use_ruby.cmd is a command file provided by InstantRails. I put a copy of use_ruby.cmd in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 to get it in the execution path.
- Start > Run > cmd followed by use_ruby
- Console - an open source command line interface with tabbing, cut and paste, etc. use_ruby will also come in handy here.
- If you're using InstantRails it provides an easy to get to version what knows about InstantRails. Try I. > Rails Applications > Ruby Console Window.
- RadRails and NetBeans both have a command line built in
Software Configuration Management
You'll need version control.
- Git (the default option in the Rails community now days)
Content Management System
Any commercial web site will need a Content Management System (CMS). The customer and/or development team might not realise it at the start but the need will become apparent during the project.
There is a full List of Rails CMS Software but I'm interested in these options:
If you don't need a full blown content management you might still need a discussion forum. A couple of the content management systems have one included but there are other options. beast and its more recent descendent altered_beast have dominated the Rails forum space.