Prototyping Web Applications with Rails

by Daniel Fone on at Christchurch Ruby

Tonight I want share a development style that Rails is very good at, but one that doesn’t get a lot of love in the community.

When I first discovered Ruby on Rails in my days of writing spaghetti PHP, I was amazed with how fast you could write basic web applications. However, as we become better developers and learn how to do things properly, we spend more and more time thinking about testing and decoupling and encapsulation and what to name our variables. In other words: no matter how good your tools are, doing things well is hard and takes time.

So tonight I want to go back to the good old days of not knowing any better, and show you how little effort it takes to throw together a prototype web application using generators and scaffolds and lots of bad hacks.

Detailed walk-through

Finished app on Github