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Hobo – the ultra fast web app builder for Rails


Hobo is a super fast web app builder for Ruby on Rails which has just been launched by my good friend Tom Locke. It’s cool because it automates a lot of the Rails stuff, while at the same time offering enough power and flexibility to cope with any kind of customisation or styling that you may need. The screencast – which shows a complete classified advertising web application being built in 5 minutes – explains it a lot better than I can, and I do urge any coders out there to take a look at this, because it’s a very clever Open Source project. [Disclosure – I’m a proud evangelist partner of the Hobo Project, which means I make tea and marvel at the wonders of computer programming while eating small sweet items at a safe distance.] 

What is Hobo?

  • Hobo extends Rails is a number of ways, to let you build full blown web applications very quickly and easily.
  • Hobo lets you add dynamic Ajax interfaces to your application with no extra programming.
  • Hobo gives your application switchable themes, so you can have an elegant design right out of the box.
  • Who is it for?

  • Hobo can speed up the creation of rich, complex web applications as well as simple internal apps and rapid prototypes.
  • Hobo is a great way for newcomers to Ruby on Rails to learn and practice agile, iterative application development.
  • Red – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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