Chapter 1Getting on Rails

Welcome to Jump Start Rails! If you've come to Rails from another server-side coding technology such as PHP, you are in for a treat. Rails offers a slick and efficient coding experience for web developers, and was created with built-in solutions to many of the common web development headaches.

Rails is open source and free to use, which means that you don't need to spend a lot to get developing with it. In fact, the biggest outlay will probably be purchasing an editor. We'll look at the options a little later in this chapter.

Rails was created in 2003 by David Heinemeier Hansson of 37 Signals fame. Since then, it has seen rapid development by the Rails core team, with over 2,000 contributors. Rails runs on the Ruby

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