I just wanted to congrat the whole team behind the 2.0 release. Since it’s introduction in 2004, Rails has shown a new path, out of the conventional way; and I’m very glad about that.
I can only contemplate the phenomenal success and influence Rails had over the web industry for the last three years. It’s the fist time a growing technology was promoted so fast by big companies (e.g.: IBM, Apple).
I guess that, in order to move forward, the industry needs to be shaken once for a while. Rails was one of the proof that high-level programming not only works but is the only viable solution to software complexity; use CPU power to increase programmers productivity and lower software complexity.
Rails is also a great example of good bottom-up design; frameworks should be always grown out of existing products and not the opposite; a great lesson to learn.
DHH wrote a quite long post about the new features available in Rails 2.0, be sure to check this out.