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header: "Web development that doesn’t hurt"
subheader_1: "Ruby on Rails<sup><small>&reg;</small></sup> is an open-source web framework that’s optimized"
subheader_2: "for programmer happiness and sustainable productivity. It lets you"
subheader_3: "write beautiful code by favoring convention over configuration."
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<a href="http://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2014/12/19/Rails-4-2-final/" title="Ruby on Rails Blog">Rails 4.2.0 has been released!</a>
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<h3>Get Excited</h3>
<a class="framed" href="/screencasts/" title="Click for screencasts"><img src="/images/pages/overview/screencasts2.png" width="144" height="153" alt="Image representing a block of code"></a>
<p><a href="/screencasts/" title="Some screencasts about Rails">Screencasts &amp; presentations</a></p>
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<h3>Get Started</h3>
<a href="/download/" title="Download the Ruby on Rails last version"><img src="/images/pages/overview/download42.png" width="144" height="153" alt="Graphic showing a down arrow with the number of the latest stable version of Rails"></a>
<p><a href="/download/" title="Download the Ruby on Rails last version">4.2.5 released Nov 12, 2015</a></p>
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<h3>Get Better</h3>
<a class="framed" href="/documentation/" title="APIs, Books and Guides documentation about Ruby on Rails"><img src="/images/pages/documentation/awdr4.png" width="144" height="153" alt="Image showing the cover of the book Agile development with rails"></a>
<p><a href="/documentation/" title="APIs, Books and Guides documentation about Ruby on Rails">API, Guides, Books</a></p>
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<h3>Get Involved</h3>
<a href="/community/" title="Join to the Ruby on Rails Community"><img src="/images/pages/overview/participate.gif" width="144" height="153" alt="Image showing a text bubble and the following words: IRC, Mailing list, bug tracker, wiki"></a>
<p><a href="/community/" title="Join to the Ruby on Rails Community">Join the community</a></p>
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“Ruby on Rails is a breakthrough in lowering the barriers of entry to programming.<br class="hidden-xs" />
Powerful web applications that formerly might have taken weeks or months<br class="hidden-xs" />
to develop can be produced in a matter of days.”
<cite>– Tim O’Reilly, Founder of O’Reilly Media</cite>
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“Rails is the most well thought-out web development framework I’ve ever used.<br class="hidden-xs" />
And that’s in a decade of doing web applications for a living. I’ve built my<br class="hidden-xs" />
own frameworks, helped develop the Servlet API, and have created more than<br class="hidden-xs" />
a few web servers from scratch. Nobody has done it like this before.”
<cite>– James Duncan Davidson, Creator of Tomcat and Ant</cite>
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“It is impossible not to notice Ruby on Rails. It has had a huge effect both in<br class="hidden-xs" />
and outside the Ruby community... Rails has become a standard to which even<br class="hidden-xs" />
well-established tools are comparing themselves to.”
<cite>– Martin Fowler, Author of Refactoring, PoEAA, XP Explained</cite>
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“What sets this framework apart from all of the others is the preference for<br class="hidden-xs" />
convention over configuration making applications easier<br class="hidden-xs" />
to develop and understand.”
<cite>– Sam Ruby, ASF board of directors</cite>
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“Before Ruby on Rails, web programming required a lot of verbiage, steps and time.<br class="hidden-xs" />
Now, web designers and software engineers can develop a website<br class="hidden-xs" />
much faster and more simply, enabling them to be more productive<br class="hidden-xs" />
and effective in their work.”
<cite>– Bruce Perens, Open Source Luminary</cite>
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“After researching the market, Ruby on Rails stood out as the best choice.<br class="hidden-xs" />
We have been very happy with that decision. We will continue<br class="hidden-xs" />
building on Rails and consider it a key business advantage.”
<cite>– Evan Williams, Creator of Blogger and ODEO</cite>
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“Ruby on Rails is astounding. Using it is like watching a kung-fu movie,<br class="hidden-xs" />
where a dozen bad-ass frameworks prepare to beat up the little newcomer<br class="hidden-xs" />
only to be handed their asses in a variety of imaginative ways.”
<cite>– Nathan Torkington, O’Reilly Program Chair for OSCON</cite>
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“Rails is the killer app for Ruby.”
<cite>– Yukihiro Matsumoto, Creator of Ruby</cite>
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<p class="text-center"><a href="/quotes/" title="Read More quotes"><em>Read more quotes</em></a></p>
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<h2>Who is already<br class="hidden-xs" /> on Rails?</h2>
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<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>
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<a class="framed" href="http://www.basecamp.com/?source=rails" title="Basecamp: Project management app"><img width="179" height="114" src="/images/applications/bcx.gif" alt="Image showing Basecamp's index page" class="bordered"></a>
<p><a href="http://www.basecamp.com/?source=rails" title="Basecamp: Project management app">Basecamp</a>: The original Rails app.</p>
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<a class="framed" href="http://twitter.com/" title="Twitter website"><img width="179" height="114" src="/images/applications/twitter.jpg" alt="Image showing Twitter's index page" class="bordered"></a>
<p><a href="http://twitter.com/" title="Twitter website">Twitter</a>: Stay connected.</p>
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<a class="framed" href="http://github.com/" title="Github build software better, together"><img width="179" height="114" src="/images/applications/github.jpg" alt="Image showing GitHub's index page" class="bordered"></a>
<p><a href="http://github.com/" title="Github build software better, together">GitHub</a>: Git repo hosting.</p>
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<a class="framed" href="http://www.shopify.com/" title="Shopify: e-commerce platform"><img width="179" height="114" src="/images/applications/shopify.jpg" alt="Shopify" class="bordered"></a>
<p><a href="http://www.shopify.com/" title="Shopify: e-commerce platform">Shopify</a>: E-commerce made easy.</p>
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<h2>Who is<br class="hidden-xs" /> behind it?</h2>
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Rails was created in 2003 by <a href="http://david.heinemeierhansson.com/" title="DHH's website">David Heinemeier Hansson</a>
and has since been extended by the <a href="/core">Rails core team</a> and
<a href="http://contributors.rubyonrails.org" title="Access to the list of contributors">more than 4,000 contributors</a>.
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