Archive for the 'Ruby on Rails' Category

Almost ALPHA

Thursday, December 14th, 2006 by Jim Spadaccini

We’ve been hard at work building out some of the major features of the site. However, there’s not much we can share during this part of the process, so we haven’t been blogging.

We have made great progress, we have functional forms and a database that is collecting information. We’ll soon be adding the ability to comment and we’re still, of course, squashing bugs. The ALPHA site will be available in early January. We will post a message, and at that time, you can email us for access to try the site out.

Ruby on Rails (the framework that we are using to build the site) presented some challenges at first, but we are becoming increasingly confortable in the environment. Overall, it does some things really well, while other tasks have been made more difficult. The rails community online has been helpful, posts like Things You Shouldn’t Be Doing in Rails have helped us work through some unexpected problems.

The ALPHA site will run for the entire month of January. During that month we’ll be working on finalizing design details and looking at how to best present, search, and sort the information in the collection. In our next post, we’ll invite you to check out the ALPHA.

What to build in? Ruby on Rails.

Thursday, July 20th, 2006 by Jim Spadaccini

When we begin to build out the ExhibitFiles website later this Fall we’ll be using Ruby on Rails. Currently there’s a great deal of excitement surrounding this open-source web framework. We began exploring the possiblity of using it several months ago, and the more we’ve learned about Rails the more excited we are about the prospect of using it.

One of our developers, Zeke Sikelianos, recently attended the RailsConf 2006 in Chicago. He wrote a long post about the conference on the Ideum blog that details some of his experiences there. As the process continues, we’ll share more about Rails and other technical aspects of the project.