I’m the one who went on record in “Deploying Rails Applications”. Rails
isn’t slow on Windows - Ruby is. It was horribly slow almost four years
when I started, and it’s slow now, although it’s faster because our CPUs
have gotten faster. I spent a good majority of my Rails career working
the Windows platform but have since switched to Mac for most things.
go back to the Windows environment, it’s quite noticeable.
A long time ago, it was explained to me that the compiler used to build
for Windows has some limitations. I’m being intentionally vague here
I can’t remember who said it so I can’t really back that up, I
that the maintainers of the One Click Ruby Installer are making some
improvements in performance in some of the test releases out there, so
But to the OP, it’s definitely a Ruby on Windows thing, and it’s a
sad because it makes converting people much more difficult, and where it
really hurts is in testing. People stop running rake test:units or rake
because it’s terribly slow.
The situation gets better all the time though, as talented Rubyists get
involved and improve the performance for the Windows users. I personally
find Mac the best environment to work on, but Ubuntu is fabulous as
Sadly enough, even VMWare with an Ubuntu insallation running on top of
Windows runs Ruby faster than Windows itself. VMWare + smb mounting can
an interesting way to develop Rails if you can’t move off of Windows
more work than it should be though.)
On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 2:56 PM, Ar Chron