Rolling with Ruby on Rails (17 tags)
The Ruby community is abuzz about Rails, a web application framework that makes database-backed apps dead simple. What's the fuss? Is it worth the hype? Curt Hibbs shows off Rails, building a simple application that even non-Rubyists can follow.
A Simpler Ajax Path (6 tags)
After years of hacks, tricks, and workarounds, there's finally a cross-browser, cross-platform way to communicate between client and server in web applications. Matthew Eernisse demonstrates how to send and receive structured data with XMLHttpRequest and shows off some tricks to make debugging and error handling easier.
A Bright, Shiny Service: Sparklines (6 tags)
Using Java Classes in Perl (6 tags)
Java has a huge amount of standard libraries and APIs. Some of them don't have Perl equivalents yet. Fortunately, using Java classes from Perl is easy--with Inline::Java. Andrew Hanenkamp shows you how.
Introducing REBOL with Amazingly Easy GUI Programming (6 tags)
Cross-platform development and deployment is tricky, though modern toolkits aim to take away some of the troubles. Some languages have already solved this issue, though. Enter REBOL, a small but powerful network-enabled programming language. Gregg Irwin introduces the language by writing a tiny survey application.