One of our favorite frameworks here at Mudbug Media has to be Ruby on Rails. Ruby is an open-source language that is very developer friendly, aided by the huge library of elegant and feature rich third party libraries available.
Ruby as a language has always been useful, but the love affair didn’t really begin until Rails came along to provide direction. Now there are countless online ecosystems devoted to all things Ruby.
Our very own Brad Huber is part of Ruby Bayou, a group of New Orleans based fans that meet every month at Gumbo Labs to talk shop and learn more about Ruby. If you can’t make the meetings, here is a list of links that we think are helpful for anyone interested in Ruby and web design in general.
Rails Dispatch – New blog by the EngineYard guys with a strong focus on new Rails 3 features.
Rails Inside – Ruby news!
Git Ready – Although it’s been nearly a year since the last update, this remains a great repository of Ruby’s favorite SCM: git.
Marc Andre – Marc Andre Lafortune is a Ruby core developer and covers interesting gooey bits of Ruby’s internals.
Peep Code – Provides a wide array of in-depth screencasts on Rails, iPhone development, testing and much more.
Rails Casts – If you need to know how to do a specific task in Rails, chances are Ryan Bates has already produced a 10-minute demonstration on how to do it the right way.
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Ruby Best Practices – Freely available book on how to leverage Ruby’s features to write better code.
So are these links great or really, really great? Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comment section.