Take the 2-minute tour ×
Programmers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm looking to get a snapshot of Rails 3 at this point in time. We're about to start a new long term project, and I'm wondering if R3 is ready for real use. Or, if there are still a lot of bumps to be worked out. E.g. I saw questions about its compatibility with Passenger. (?)

Thanks!

share|improve this question
add comment

3 Answers

up vote 5 down vote accepted

Rails 3 is very much ready for production use. It's in use on big sites like Shopify (you can read about their long path to Rails 3 here: http://blog.shopify.com/2010/11/16/our-upgrade-to-rails-3).

I've recently upgraded my own Rails 2.3.x app to Rails 3, and it runs fine on Passenger. I didn't encounter any compatibility problems with Passenger 3 and the site has been running on Rails 3 + Passenger for about a month now with no problems.

Since you're starting a new project, I'd strongly recommend you start on Rails 3 because frankly the upgrade to Rails 3 can be quite painful like Shopify's story.

share|improve this answer
    
We upgraded our project, it was awfully painful. –  Kieran Senior Dec 17 '10 at 8:49
add comment

Yes Rails 3 is ready for production. Many sites are already using it in production. The compatibility issue is because Rails 3 is using Rack, Passenger will treat Rails 3 apps as Rack apps when it sees config.ru in the application root directory.

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks for the answer. Any sites in particular you know about? Also, your note about Passenger: does that mean it will or won't work? –  Dogweather Dec 11 '10 at 0:51
    
I don't know many big websites that are using it. But answers.37signals.com is using Rails 3. It will still work but it treats it as Rack app. –  jpartogi Dec 11 '10 at 4:59
add comment

What is your current rails experience?

  • If you have prior rails experience and you want to get something out quickly, I'd go with what you know, so Rails 2, and only port afterwards.
  • If just starting out and no previous experience, I'd go for Rails 3. You would be better off learning the new thing immediately. There's a great rails tutorial out there.

I'm quite confident that Rails 3 is in good shape, though there's bound to be some kinks left and there is new stuff to learn which might slow you down a bit at first.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.