Recent Posts by Yehuda Katz

Rails and Merb Merge: Rack (Part 6 of 6)

In this final segment, I’ll talk about how Rails 3 takes advantage of the Rack standard, leveraging it in ways that make sharing code between Ruby web applications easier. There are a ton of good blog posts and presentations on Rack itself, so I won’t go into too much...
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Rails and Merb Merge: ORM Agnosticism (Part 5 of 6)

It’s been a little while since I’ve last posted in this series. During that time, we released Rails 3.0 beta, and announced the launch of RailsPlugins.org. Plugin authors have registered almost 150 plugins, with 40 already boasting compatibility with Rails 3. Over the...
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Rails 3 Beta is Out -- A Retrospective

The Rails team has finally released the Rails 3 beta, after more than a year since the Rails and Merb teams started working on this release. You can read all about it at the official Rails blog, but I figured I’d take the opportunity to share my take on the release.
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Rails and Merb Merge: Rails Core (Part 4 of 6)

After working to make Rails faster and more modular, we took a look at the glue code holding Rails together: Railties. Railties started life as a relatively modest piece of code in the early days of Rails, but it eventually grew to encompass quite a few different...
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Render Options in Rails 3

This article was originally included in the October issue of the Engine Yard Newsletter. To read more posts like this one, subscribe to the __Engine Yard Newsletter_._
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Rails and Merb Merge: Plugin API (Part 3 of 6)

I started off this series on the Rails/Merb merge (aka Rails 3) talking about modularity, and then performance. Next up, plugins!
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Rails and Merb Merge: Performance (Part 2 of 6)

The next significant improvement that we hoped to bring to Rails from Merb was faster performance. Because Merb came after Rails, we had the luxury of knowing which parts of Rails were used most often and optimizing performance for those parts.
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Rails and Merb Merge: The Anniversary (Part 1 of 6)

A year ago today, we announced that Rails and Merb would merge. At the time, there was much skepticism about the likelihood of the success of this endeavor. Indeed, The most common imagery invoked by those who learned about our plans was a unicorn. At RailsConf last...
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Your Pages Will Load Faster with Rails!

This article was originally included in the October issue of the Engine Yard Newsletter. To read more posts like this one, subscribe to the __Engine Yard Newsletter_._
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My Five Favorite Things About Rails 3

Over the last few months Rails 3 has really begun to take shape. We’ve been hard at work building, refactoring, building, and then refactoring all over again, and I’m pretty pleased with how things are going. There’s still a lot of work to be done (we’re working on it,...
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