Web development that doesn’t hurt

Ruby on Rails® is an open-source web framework that’s optimized for programmer happiness and sustainable productivity. It lets you write beautiful code by favoring convention over configuration.

“Ruby on Rails is a breakthrough in lowering the barriers of entry to programming. Powerful web applications that formerly might have taken weeks or months to develop can be produced in a matter of days.” – Tim O’Reilly, Founder of O’Reilly Media
“Rails is the most well thought-out web development framework I’ve ever used. And that’s in a decade of doing web applications for a living. I’ve built my own frameworks, helped develop the Servlet API, and have created more than a few web servers from scratch. Nobody has done it like this before.” – James Duncan Davidson, Creator of Tomcat and Ant
“It is impossible not to notice Ruby on Rails. It has had a huge effect both in and outside the Ruby community... Rails has become a standard to which even well-established tools are comparing themselves to.” – Martin Fowler, Author of Refactoring, PoEAA, XP Explained
“What sets this framework apart from all of the others is the preference for convention over configuration making applications easier to develop and understand.” – Sam Ruby, ASF board of directors
“Before Ruby on Rails, web programming required a lot of verbiage, steps and time. Now, web designers and software engineers can develop a website much faster and more simply, enabling them to be more productive and effective in their work.” – Bruce Perens, Open Source Luminary
“After researching the market, Ruby on Rails stood out as the best choice. We have been very happy with that decision. We will continue building on Rails and consider it a key business advantage.” – Evan Williams, Creator of Blogger and ODEO
“Ruby on Rails is astounding. Using it is like watching a kung-fu movie, where a dozen bad-ass frameworks prepare to beat up the little newcomer only to be handed their asses in a variety of imaginative ways.” – Nathan Torkington, O’Reilly Program Chair for OSCON
“Rails is the killer app for Ruby.” – Yukihiro Matsumoto, Creator of Ruby

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Who is already on Rails?

Tens of thousands of Rails applications are already live. People are using Rails in the tiniest part-time operations to the biggest companies.

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Who is behind it?

Rails was created in 2003 by David Heinemeier Hansson and has since been extended by the Rails core team and more than 4,000 contributors.