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I want to play with sinatrarb but I cannot bring myself to install RVM

I've been given a small project to quote. At first I thought that the team was already using rails but after a code inspection of the proof of concept (POC) I realized it was PHP. Well, I'm not a PHP person but I can do it if I have to and that's when I started to think that maybe I could implement this in Rails. But Rails was overkill so why not sinatra? It's actually a half decent platform so why not.

I'll tell you why not.  Because for this one simple, teeny, tiny project I would have to start installing all sorts of cruft and that made me very unhappy. As I have mentioned previously RVM is a mess and it puts all sorts of demands on your system. Sure the ruby gurus have plenty of time and patience for this sort of thing. But for certain, I do not.

*sigh* but I might do it anyway.


  1. Wow - I have to say putting together RVM really didn't bother me too much. Surely just using Sinatra is simply a matter of installing one gem - it plays nice with rails as well. Give it a go

  2. Two weeks ago I re-re-re-installed RVM and sinatra on my demi-prod machine. I have not decided if I have changed my mind yet but I'm open to it for the moment. The same machine is running gvm, rvm, virtualenv, and perlbrew. They all work, coexist, and they have sucked for one reason or another. Thus my trying it again.

    I am also in a place where I am reconsidering apache ant and Nant. There are so many other ways to do this without needing a DSL... ant and nant use XML for formatting but I would trade that in for a good scripting language like Ruby, Perl, Python or Groovy. In a second.


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