I went off to install Rails on my Ubuntu 8.04 server. This was an amazingly simple experience. I am continually surprised at all the things I have to work to do in ColdFusion but are done for me in Ruby. Lets go through a basic Rubys install.

sudo apt-get install rails libapache2-mod-ruby sudo apt-get install apache2 apache2-mpm-prefork apache2-prefork-dev (this is for using ruby's passenger module and should protect your existing PHP it did mine) sudo apt-get install rubygems (ruby's package manager definitely recommended) sudo apt-get install libmysql-ruby libmysqlclient15-dev (mysql modules)

I proceed to start my first app

#:~ rails mynewapp -d mysql
(leave off the -d mysql if you wish to use sqllite) If you are using Apache, you will need to put it where Apache can find it. I did this by adding a symbolic link to /var/www.
ln -s ~/mynewapp /var/www

Once setup I loaded up a Ruby Guide. http://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started.html

I went into the database configuration config/database.yml and was greeted with this :D.

# And be sure to use new-style password hashing: # http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/old-client.html development: adapter: mysql encoding: utf8 reconnect: false database: ruby pool: 5 username: root password: socket: /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock # Warning: The database defined as "test" will be erased and # re-generated from your development database when you run "rake". # Do not set this db to the same as development or production. test: adapter: mysql encoding: utf8 reconnect: false database: mynewapp_test pool: 5 username: root password: socket: /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock production: adapter: mysql encoding: utf8 reconnect: false database: mynewapp_production pool: 5 username: root password:

Yes, it is configured for all environments from the get go. More to come…