This week in Rails – new release edition

Rails 2.1 release

This week saw the release of of version 2.1 for Ruby on Rails. You can see the announcement on the official Rails blog.The new major features are:

  • Time zones (by Geoff Buesing)
  • Dirty tracking
  • Gem Dependencies:
  • Named scope (by Nick Kallen)
  • UTC-based migrations
  • Better caching

IronRuby runs Rails

The IronRuby team also announced this week that they managed to get a “Hello World” example running on an unmodified Rails stack. Although it’s not yet ready for prime time, we are one step closer to being able to run Rails on .NET. See the announcement on Jon Lam’s blog.


RailsConf was held in Portand this week. Unfortunately a trip to the US was stretching the budget a little, so if you were like me and unable to make it, check out Gregg Pollack’s video compilation of a number of interviews he had with some of the speakers. RailsConf in 36 Minutes.

Until next time Railers!