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README.rdoc

Welcome to Rails

Rails is a web-application framework that includes everything needed to create

database-backed web applications according to the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern.

Understanding the MVC pattern is key to understanding Rails. MVC divides your application into three layers, each with a specific responsibility.

The View layer is composed of “templates” that are responsible for providing appropriate representations of your application's resources. Templates can come in a variety of formats, but most view templates are HTML with embedded Ruby code (.erb files).

The Model layer represents your domain model (such as Account, Product, Person, Post) and encapsulates the business logic that is specific to your application. In Rails, database-backed model classes are derived from ActiveRecord::Base. ActiveRecord allows you to present the data from database rows as objects and embellish these data objects with business logic methods. Although most Rails models are backed by a database, models can also be ordinary Ruby classes, or Ruby classes that implement a set of interfaces as provided by the ActiveModel module. You can read more about Active Record in its README.

The controller and view are handled by the Action Pack, which handles both layers by its two parts: Action View and Action Controller. These two layers are bundled in a single package due to their heavy interdependence. This is unlike the relationship between the Active Record and Action Pack that is much more separate. Each of these packages can be used independently outside of Rails. You can read more about Action Pack in its README.

Getting Started

  1. Install Rails at the command prompt if you haven't yet:

    gem install rails
  2. At the command prompt, create a new Rails application:

    rails new myapp

    where “myapp” is the application name.

  3. Change directory to myapp and start the web server:

    cd myapp; rails server

    Run with --help for options.

  4. Go to localhost:3000/ and you'll see:

    "Welcome aboard: You're riding Ruby on Rails!"
  5. Follow the guidelines to start developing your application. You may find the following resources handy:

Contributing

We encourage you to contribute to Ruby on Rails! Please check out the Contributing to Rails guide for guidelines about how to proceed. Join us!

License

Ruby on Rails is released under the MIT license.

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