So it’s the holidays, and I’ve got some time “off” from “work” to recoup and think about my next project, play around with a few ideas, new toys… The first thing on that list of toys is Tom Locke’s Hobo framework.
The Hobo 0.4.0 Gem was released late last week and it’s pretty slick, although we’re warned not to use it in production webapps yet :-). Hobo extends Rails in a number of ways, but the crux of it is that it lets you get up and running with a real, usable (and cleanly coded) Ruby-based webapp quicker than ever before. Hobo bundles in a working user system (acts_as_authenticated), permisisons, and a bunch of other goodies — take a look at the screencast for a quickie walk-through. There also seem to be some interesting ideas here regarding tag libraries, but that’s not covered in this first screencast. Anyway, definitely worth checking out.