The Best Windows Ruby on Rails Setup Part 1

I recently purchased a new computer and had to get Ruby on Rails installed on it. Up to this point I’ve been using my wife’s Macbook for ROR development on weekends. It was time to make the jump to a dedicated environment that didn’t interfere with the Facebook cravings of the wife.

Instead of just diving blindly into setting it up I tapped the knowledge of one of the guys I know who works at Engine Yard and worked on Windows.

Update: Wayne E. Seguin of RVM now has a Rails Windows Installer so you can really install Ruby on Rails in Windows easily.

Update: I have now installed Karmic Koala in Virtualbox in Windows 7 and the process is exactly the same.

His answer to me was…the best way to install Ruby on Rails in Windows is to get Linux. So watch the screencast as I install Ubuntu in Virtual Box on my Vista PC.

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5 thoughts on “The Best Windows Ruby on Rails Setup Part 1

  1. Hi ! good screencast ! but best part will be 2 i guess. I’ve faced very painful mysql driver installation with rail 2.3.4 (no embeded driver anymore), will you show us ?

    1. I plan to record part tomorrow night and part on Saturday for a next week release. I’m going to do the first part just using SqLite3 (which I had trouble with the first time) and in another post I’ll do MySql.

  2. I have been running into issues with my WinXP RoR setup similar to what yzack was explaining. This screencast couldn’t have come at a better time. Thanks Curtis! Looking forward to the upcoming casts. 🙂

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