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I've written a "cookbook" tutorial using Flash Rails here!
Flash Rails is pretty simple. Basically you just download the
7z or zip file (both are archives with the exact same content).
You can verify the md5sum if you want with the .md5.txt file.
I suggest using WinMD5Sum.
You then extract the files and put them anywhere you want.
Flash Rails works under any folder structure, even if there
are spaces in the path.
There are two useful files
in the extracted folder: update_path.exe and use_ruby.cmd.
You run the update_path.exe first, and re-run it anytime the
location of the Flash Rails folder changes. This updates all
the path information used by the use_ruby.cmd script, the ruby
interpreter, and RadRails. The other useful file is
use_ruby.cmd which opens a command line console with all the ruby tools
and installed gems in the path. This is where you will run
ruby scripts from with "ruby scriptname.rb" or install gems with "gem
install gemname". Any gems you install will already be under
Flash Rails and travel with your Flash Rails environment.
for creating scripts, you can do that with any text editor or use
RadRails. The "ruby_apps" folder is provided for you to keep all
your ruby projects in. You'll notice the "use_ruby" script
automatically leaves you in this folder for convenience. You will
also want to use this as your workspace if you use RadRails.
Flash Rails will automatically modify your RadRails configuration
if you use this folder as your workspace.
you extract the RadRails files somewhere in a new folder under the root
of the Flash Rails folder, then Flash Rails will manage your RadRails
workspace for you. It doesn't matter what you name the RadRails
folder or how deep it is nested, just be sure it is in a new folder and
not one of the existing folders in the Flash Rails root folder. The tutorial gives a good overview of using RadRails together with FlashRails.
EditionsFlash Rails comes in 3 flavors: Lite, Standard, and Ruby1.9. If you are unsure, just download the Standard edition.
This is the main focus of Flash Rails. It contains everything you
need to run a Rails application and weighs in at about 50mb when
This is a slimmed down version of Flash Rails. It contains the
Ruby interpreter and rubygems and that's about it. It's
convenient if you want to save space and only want to develop Ruby
applications without Rails, or maybe you want to use rubygems to
install an older version of Rails. It weights in at about 25mb
This is identical to the Lite edition except it includes the new
Ruby1.9 interpreter instead of Ruby1.8. The Ruby1.9 interpreter
is the development branch for Ruby. The Flash Rails script is
just as stable as the other editions, but I have no control over the
Ruby1.9 interpreter. I put this edition together to help
developers update their Ruby programs to be compatible with Ruby1.9.
You can put Flash Rails Ruby1.9 edition in a separate folder and
use it alongside the other Flash Rails editions or your existing Ruby
environment. Just FYI, Rails is currently incompatible with the