Installing Ruby on Rails on Ubuntu Hardy Heron
Posted on: 06 May 2009
For the past 16 months, I've been working almost exclusively with Drupal to build websites, and I've got pretty good with it. However, I'm always conscious of the old adage that "When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail", so in the interests of expanding my toolbox, I'm taking a look at Ruby on Rails. I'll leave the arguments about whether this a good new tool to add to my toolbox to others - the argument that convinced me is "it will be interesting and good mental exercise, and there could be benefits to my business too.
Getting something fairly cutting edge installed on an Ubuntu server is never a simple task - fortunately, there are some great step-by-step guides out there:
- Install Ruby on Rails - I'm actually running Hardy because it's the LTS version, but the instructions worked perfectly
- Install mod_rails - to get it running on Apache (although I did also have to install the build-essential package to make this work)
- Test it with a basic app
And as if by magic:
Now to start playing/learning!