Happy Rails Day!

"Rails Day is a competition which gives teams of developers 24 hours to build the best web app that they can using Ruby on Rails."

Here's the Wikipedia entry for Ruby on Rails: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_on_Rails

Here's my off-the-top-of-my-head three-step rundown on Ruby on Rails:
Ruby is an object oriented programing language licensed under GPL. Looks to me like it shares a good bit in common with Python. It is particularly popular in Japan.

Ruby on Rails is a framework that aims to make it easy to create MVC web applications with Ruby. MVC (model view controller) is basically a way of separating and organizing different parts of an application.

If you want to check out Ruby on Rails, go to it's homepage or work though the super easy beginner tutorial at Onlamp which aims to give you a feel for how Ruby can make common tasks more simple.

Potential topics for discussion include but are not limited to:
  • Hey, look at the websites people created in 24 hours!
  • I like Ruby, but...
  • Your experiences with Ruby or Ruby on Rails
  • Comparison of Rails Day results to other "do something in 24 hours" event


Also, note that this is about the third thread ever in this forum that isn't in the form of: "How do I _____ with PERL?"