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<div id="article" class="overview"><article>
<h1>
<img src="/images/headers/overview.gif" width="603" height="112" alt="Web development that doesn’t hurt">
</h1>
<p id="announce">
<a href="http://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2012/1/20/rails-3-2-0-faster-dev-mode-routing-explain-queries-tagged-logger-store">Rails 3.2: Faster dev mode &amp; routing, explain queries, tagged logger, store</a>,
<a href="http://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2011/11/20/rails-3-1-3-has-been-released">Rails 3.1.3: Bug fixes</a>,
<a href="http://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2011/8/31/rails-3-1-0-has-been-released">Rails 3.1.0: Asset pipeline, HTTP streaming, jQuery</a>
</p>
<div id="slivers">
<ul>
<li>
<h2>Get Excited</h2>
<a href="/screencasts/"><img src="/images/pages/overview/screencasts2.png" class="bordered" width="140" height="150" alt="Screencasts"></a>
<p><a href="/screencasts/">Screencasts &amp; presentations</a></p>
</li>
<li>
<h2>Get Started</h2>
<a href="/download/"><img src="/images/pages/overview/download32.png" width="144" height="153" alt="Download"></a>
<p><a href="/download/">3.2.5 released Jun 1, 2012</a></p>
</li>
<li>
<h2>Get Better</h2>
<a href="/documentation/"><img src="/images/pages/documentation/awdr4.png" width="140" height="150" class="bordered" alt="Documentation"></a>
<p><a href="/documentation/">API, Guides, Books</a></p>
</li>
<li>
<h2>Get Involved</h2>
<a href="/community/"><img src="/images/pages/overview/participate.gif" width="144" height="153" alt="Community"></a>
<p><a href="/community/">Join the community</a></p>
</li>
</ul>
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<div id="slideshow">
<blockquote>
<p>
“Ruby on Rails is a breakthrough in lowering the barriers of entry to programming.<br>
Powerful web applications that formerly might have taken weeks or months<br>
to develop can be produced in a matter of days.”
</p>
<p><cite>– Tim O'Reilly, Founder of O'Reilly Media</cite></p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote style="display: none;">
<p>
“Rails is the most well thought-out web development framework I’ve ever used.<br>
And that’s in a decade of doing web applications for a living. I’ve built my<br>
own frameworks, helped develop the Servlet API, and have created more than<br>
a few web servers from scratch. Nobody has done it like this before.”
</p>
<p><cite>– James Duncan Davidson, Creator of Tomcat and Ant</cite></p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote style="display: none;">
<p>
“It is impossible not to notice Ruby on Rails. It has had a huge effect both in<br>
and outside the Ruby community... Rails has become a standard to which even<br>
well-established tools are comparing themselves to.”
</p>
<p><cite>– Martin Fowler, Author of Refactoring, PoEAA, XP Explained</cite></p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote style="display: none;">
<p>
“What sets this framework apart from all of the others is the preference for<br>
convention over configuration making applications easier<br>
to develop and understand.”
</p>
<p><cite>– Sam Ruby, ASF board of directors</cite></p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote style="display: none;">
<p>
“Before Ruby on Rails, web programming required a lot of verbiage, steps and time.<br>
Now, web designers and software engineers can develop a website<br>
much faster and more simply, enabling them to be more productive<br>
and effective in their work.”
</p>
<p><cite>– Bruce Perens, Open Source Luminary</cite></p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote style="display: none;">
<p>
“After researching the market, Ruby on Rails stood out as the best choice.<br>
We have been very happy with that decision. We will continue<br>
building on Rails and consider it a key business advantage.”
</p>
<p><cite>– Evan Williams, Creator of Blogger and ODEO</cite></p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote style="display: none;">
<p>
“Ruby on Rails is astounding. Using it is like watching a kung-fu movie,<br>
where a dozen bad-ass frameworks prepare to beat up the little newcomer<br>
only to be handed their asses in a variety of imaginative ways.”
</p>
<p><cite>– Nathan Torkington, O'Reilly Program Chair for OSCON</cite></p>
</blockquote>
<blockquote style="display: none;">
<p>
“Rails is the killer app for Ruby.”
</p>
<p><cite>– Yukihiro Matsumoto, Creator of Ruby</cite></p>
</blockquote>
<p class="more"><a href="/quotes/" title="More quotes">Read more quotes</a></p>
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<div id="used_by" class="section">
<h2>Who is already<br>on Rails?</h2>
<p>Tens of thousands of Rails applications are already live. People are using Rails in the tiniest part-time operations to the biggest companies.</p>
<ul>
<li>
<a href="http://basecamphq.com?source=rails"><img width="175" height="110" src="/images/applications/basecamp.gif" alt="Basecamp" class="bordered"></a>
<p><a href="http://basecamphq.com?source=rails">Basecamp</a>: The original Rails app.</p>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://twitter.com/"><img width="175" height="110" src="/images/applications/twitter.jpg" alt="Twitter" class="bordered"></a>
<p><a href="http://twitter.com/">Twitter</a>: Stay connected.</p>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://github.com/"><img width="175" height="110" src="/images/applications/github.jpg" alt="GitHub" class="bordered"></a>
<p><a href="http://github.com/">GitHub</a>: Git repo hosting.</p>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.groupon.com/"><img width="175" height="110" src="/images/applications/groupon.jpg" alt="Groupon" class="bordered"></a>
<p><a href="http://www.groupon.com/">Groupon</a>: Daily deals.</p>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.shopify.com/"><img width="175" height="110" src="/images/applications/shopify.jpg" alt="Shopify" class="bordered"></a>
<p><a href="http://www.shopify.com/">Shopify</a>: E-commerce made easy.</p>
</li>
<li>
<a href="http://www.yellowpages.com/"><img width="175" height="110" src="/images/applications/yellowpages.jpg" alt="Yellow Pages" class="bordered"></a>
<p><a href="http://www.yellowpages.com/">Yellow Pages</a>: Find it locally.</p>
</li>
</ul>
<p class="more">See more <a href="/applications/">amazing applications</a> done with Ruby on Rails.</p>
</div>
<div id="created_by" class="section">
<h2>Who is<br>behind it?</h2>
<p>
Rails was created in 2003 by <a href="http://david.heinemeierhansson.com/">David Heinemeier Hansson</a>
and has since been extended by the <a href="/core/">Rails core team</a>,
<a href="http://contributors.rubyonrails.org">more than 2,200 contributors</a>,
and supported by a <a href="/ecosystem/">vibrant ecosystem</a>.
</p>
</div>
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