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Chapter 19. Ruby on Rails

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Rails has become so closely connected with Ruby that it is now quite commonplace for people to talk about programming “in” Ruby on Rails as though “Ruby on Rails” were the name of the programming language.

In fact, Rails is a framework—a set of tools and code libraries—that can be used in cahoots with Ruby. It gives you the ability to develop database-driven websites that respond to user interaction. For example, users might enter and save data on one page and search for data on other pages. This makes Rails suitable for creating dynamic websites that generate web pages “on the fly” rather than loading up static, predesigned ...

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