Many thanks to all the kind folk for their help. I am not opposed to
the use of databases, but for my application, i find it far more
convenient to use session[:whatever]. Instead of messing with the
standard code that rails generates, would it not be simpler to use a
database instead of session, so that I can use the standard testing
processes of Rails? Is there some way of doing this without the loss
of convenience that the session hash provides?
Great question, Robert, about why use Rails at all. Here is an
incomplete set of reasons:
- I teach computing, and need to very easily be able to get others to
start using what I am. While Rails books are available at any decent
book store in New Delhi, the Merb website http://merbivore.com/ says
that Tutorials will be coming soon…
- I love the structure Rails imposes on students who are learning
programming basics by working on my project.
- Ruby on Rails looks great on a resume. Very important consideration
for my students.
I would be delighted to hear of alternatives that beat Ruby on these
considerations, while still allowing me to program in Ruby, on which
point, I am afraid, there can be no compromise