Ruby on Rails

Getting Started with Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails is an excellent development language for building web sites and applications. In its latest version, it comes with excellent online documentation to help the new developer get up to speed and focus on the things that are important.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to get up and running with Ruby on Rails:

  1. Hop over to and follow the instructions to download and install Ruby, Rails and create your first application skeleton.
  2. Use an editor that you are familiar or comfortable with.
  3. Check out the excellent documentation on
  4. The Getting Started guide is also an excellent resource
  5. For more resources, you may head down to as a starting point.
  6. There are also thousands of sites, documentation and reading materials on the topic.

That’s it! With a little poking around, you should be fast on your way to create your new application, and becoming a master programmer in Ruby on Rails! Enjoy the journey!


World Wide Web

URL Shortening

URL shortening is a technique on the World Wide Web in which a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) may be made substantially shorter in length and still direct to the required page.

There are a number of services that allows you to shorten your URL. Some of the more common ones that I use:

Google URL Shortener –

TinyURL –

bitly –



Adult Web Templates Anyone?

In the post about web templates, it was shown that purchase of a template design and using it for your online presence can help you set up a beautiful website very quickly. In addition to that, due to the discrete nature of the business, adult web templates are usually sold exclusively on various websites.

The online adult business has been around since the early days of the Internet, and has seen amazing growth in online sales in the range of billions of dollars. Webmasters will want to capitalize on this huge market quickly, and building a web site interface should be the least of their concerns. These businesses need to focus on their core adult products, and just need a stable platform to get them up and running quickly.

Thus, to those who are interested, here is a link to some of the beautifully done adult web templates available.


Easy Web Design Using Templates

In the last decade, the art of web design has evolved with the availability of newer technologies. Compared to the early days of the Internet, prices have come down, and the interactivity of web sites has improved with the development of Web 2.0, Adobe Flash and AJAX. It is now so much easier to set up a web site with full CMS capabilities, a simple blog and needless to say, a corporate website.

Over the years, I have come across many clients who wanted a simple corporate website with RSS feeds and a simple newsletter subscription function. But before all the technical complexities and mumbo-jumbos of functionality, what they talk about first is usually the look-and-feel of the site. There were times when the clients wanted something simple, low cost and quick-to-build. That is when I pointed them to websites that sell web design templates online, where they can select the design they want from a large collection of designs by different designers. Many of my clients have been amazed at the availability and low cost, compared to hiring of a dedicated web designer to help them. Of course, selection of a template is half the battle won, as the choice is closely linked to the backend CMS (if there is one), and some customization is usually required from project to project.

For an idea on the type of templates that may be of interest to you, you can check it out here.