Ruby on Rails Project Announces Ruby on Rails 3.0 Beta
Rails creator David Heinemeier Hansson blogged about the release, stating that "You thought we were never going to get to this day, didnt you? Ye of little faith. Because here is the first real, public release of Rails 3.0 in the form of a beta package that weve toiled long and hard over." Hansson noted that the release is a beta, and is "surely not perfect yet."
This release focuses on the unification of the Merb concept with the core Ruby on Rails technology. Merb was written in Ruby, and Rails 3 includes the best features of both. Yehuda Katz, one of the founders of the original Merb team, commented in his blog, stating "One of the things that most surprised and impressed me is the Rails core teams (and especially DHHs) attention to detail and the experience of the beta release. For weeks, weve been this close to releasing, but the experience of starting up a new Rails app or upgrading from a Rails 2.3 app still felt too unpleasant. In this kind of situation, its tempting to say its just a betapeople who use beta software know what theyre getting, but that would have been a major cop-out. For many people on the leading edge, a poor beta experience will shape their perception of the product as a whole. So we waited a bit, but now were finally here."
Release notes from the Rails 3 beta release notes continued to praise the integration, stating "There are all the good ideas brought over from when the Merb team joined the party and brought a focus on framework agnosticism, slimmer and faster internals, and a handful of tasty APIs. If youre coming to Rails 3.0 from Merb 1.x, you should recognize lots. If youre coming from Rails 2.x, youre going to love it too."