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Re: [ruby-93] Rails on Windows

From: Steven H.
Sent on: Saturday, June 15, 2013 11:35 PM

I've never done development on Windows. So unfortunately I can't offer any feedback in that regard. I know that @luislavena is very heavy into helping users with Windows development environments.

That said, I just gave a talk today on Enterprise development with Ruby at RubyNation and one of the things I always advocate is trying your absolute hardest to do development in the same (or very similar) environment to where your deploying your production code.

If you're going to be deploying to Linux (which I'd strongly encourage) then I'd suggest doing your best to either use Vagrant for VMs to do development on Windows within a Linux VM or even looking into Macs (which are very similar to Linux as far as infrastructure). If you're stuck in an Enterprise environment and can't get VirtualBox/VMWare & Vagrant installed then I'd suggest acquiring an extra Linux server just for development for the team and then SSHing into that server via PuTTY (or similar) from Windows.

Best of luck and sorry I can't offer more Windows specific feedback / suggestions,


On Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 4:40 PM, Ryan Day <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Everyone,

I am fairly new to Rails, but I have found a Rails based project that
would suite a contract of mine almost perfectly. The RailsApps Project's
"Installing Rails" guide says that development with Rails on Windows
"can be painful". The in-house dev team on this contact is primarily
Windows based. Our production/staging servers would be Linux, but most
development would be done on Windows systems.

Is Rails actually hard to work with under Windows? Would buying RubyMine
for everyone get around typical problems? I'm worried about having too
steep of a learning curve by using Rails on this project.

Thanks for any advice!


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