In my neighborhood, the hot, dry summer weather has clarified which homeowners truly care about their lawns and gardens. Those who tend and water vigorously and persistently are rewarded with lush, colorful landscapes. Those who don't live on what looks like the set of a Mad Max film.
Ruby on Rails requires care and feeding, too. The popular web development framework is based on the Ruby programming language, so it's well-regarded for its flexibility; developers can create highly structured programs that access databases easily, without writing a ton of code. But without proper maintenance, Rails can wilt -- that is, suffer performance problems -- and this week's top feature, "Speeding up Ruby on Rails," shows you some painless techniques for monitoring and correcting these issues. Which leaves you more time for weeding or visiting Thunderdome.
As for my lawn -- well, let's just say I don't need to worry about mowing any more.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
This week's top features on developerWorks:
- Speaking UNIX: Get to know Ksplice (AIX and UNIX)
- Shell sharing with InfoSphere Data Architect, Optim Development Studio, and Optim Database Administrator (Information Management)
- 5 things you didn't know about ... the Java Scripting API (Java technology)
- Extend your 3270 terminal's map-based CICS applications to the web (Rational)
- Simplify the use of web services with Dojo (Web development)
- Develop JAX-WS web service integration solutions using WebSphere Integration Developer (WebSphere)