Chapter 1. Fundamentals

The true power of Merb arises from the framework’s emphasis on hackability. Though misinformed readers may misunderstand this term, thinking Merb means that their site is “pwnd” upon launch, that’s not the hack we’re talking about. Instead, when we say hack, we mean the act of extending the functionality of something beyond its original scope. Merb does this well, and in this chapter we’ll discover how Merb enables this kind of unbounded development by examining the hackability within Merb’s own fundamentals.

To do this, we’ll explore the Merb stack, discuss configuration options, and pull apart internals. If you’re a newcomer to Merb, you’ll pick up the practical know-how to get started using the framework. Experienced ...

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