The long-awaited mod_rails for apache was released yesterday by Phusion, a Netherlands based IT company. As many of you have already done, I hopped on board to see how it worked and was amazed on how easy it was to get up and going.
Ryan Bates, a guy whose voice many of us Rails coders have grown to know and love, assisted the Phusion team in creating a short screencast on how to install Passenger onto your Mac.
It was basically 3 steps:
1. Install the RubyGem
2. Run the passenger installer script
3. Modify your apache conf file to include the new virtual host
Can it really get easier than that? I submit that it can not.
In my opinion, Passenger is filling a void that has haunted the Ruby on Rails community for some time. Matz is quoted as saying “It is often said that Rails is weak on deployment; PHP runs fairly fast just by uploading scripts. Rails is slow on development mode, and requires restarting on production mode (and bit complex to configure). modrails might be the answer for it.”.
To get Passenger, go to http://www.modrails.com