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<h1 class='home'>All you need... nil you don't.</h1>
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<dt>Built for speed.</dt>
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Enjoy the performance of a framework that was engineered from the ground up to run at blazing speeds. <a href="why_merb.html#speed">Read More</a>
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<dt>Lightweight.</dt>
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Too much unnecessary code wearing you down? Discover the advantages of a leaner, meaner codebase. <a href="why_merb.html#light">Read More</a>
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<dt>Powerful.</dt>
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Despite its small footprint, Merb's flexibility empowers developers to build and choose their own tools. <a href="why_merb.html#power">Read More</a>
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<h2><a href="http://yehudakatz.com/2008/12/23/rails-and-merb-merge">Breaking news: Merb and Rails working together on the next version of their frameworks</a></h2>
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<h2>Faster, Lighter, More Agile.</h2>
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Merb is an MVC framework that is ORM-agnostic, JavaScript library agnostic, and template language agnostic, preferring plugins that add in support for a particular feature rather than trying to produce a monolithic library with everything in the core. In fact, this is a guiding principle of the project, which has led to third-party support for the <a href="http://ar.rubyonrails.org/">ActiveRecord</a>, <a href="http://datamapper.org/">DataMapper</a>, and <a href="http://sequel.rubyforge.org/">Sequel</a> ORMs.
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In addition, it means that the core code in Merb is kept simple and well organized. This has multiple benefits. It means it’s faster for one thing. It’s also easier to understand, maintain and extend.
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Merb is already packed with good stuff; flexible routing, gem plugins, the provides API, part and mail controllers etc. To get a better idea check out the features.
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Or if you’re feeling impatient, just get to it and install Merb!
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<h2>Install it</h2>
<pre>$ sudo gem install merb</pre>
<h2>Generate &amp; Run</h2>
<pre>$ merb-gen app my_application <br />$ cd my_application<br />$ merb</pre>
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<dt>Merb Training</dt>
<dd><a href="http://merbclass.com"><img id="merb-class" alt="Merb Training Class" src="http://merbclass.com/badges/badge_phx_training_200.gif" /></a></dd>
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<dt>Download Merb</dt>
<dd><a href="get_merb.html#stable">Stable</a></dd>
<dd><a href="get_merb.html#trunk">Trunk</a></dd>
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<dt>Get Help</dt>
<dd><a href="http://groups.google.com/group/merb">Merb Google Group</a></dd>
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<dt>Get Up to Speed</dt>
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<a href="documentation.html">Official API</a>
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<dd>Tutorials (Coming Soon)</dd>
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<dt>Get Involved</dt>
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<a href="contribute.html">Contribution Guidelines</a>
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<a href="http://github.com/wycats/merb">Merb Development</a>
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<dd>Chat on irc.freenode.net/<strong>#merb</strong></dd>
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