18 Jun '13, 4pm

Ruby on Rails: Too Simple, or Just Simple Enough?

PLOS recently launched ALM Reports , implemented as a Ruby on Rails (RoR) app. I’m one of two engineers who implemented this site. I’m not going to say too much about the functional aspects of the app, other than that it’s a really cool way to compare groups of PLOS research articles and that you should check it out. The point of this blog post is to talk about the technical architecture of the implementation, and what I think worked and didn’t work well with RoR. Also, I should add that this was my first Rails (and Ruby) app ever, although I luckily had the help of another talented developer with previous Rails experience. The Rails Way The Rails getting started guide states very clearly that “Rails is opinionated software.” They are not kidding. Well, I’m an opinionated developer, hence this blog post. “Convention over configuration” as a framework paradigm has been gain...

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