Why Merb is delicious

Written on 8:49:00 AM by S. Potter

Below are the reasons why Merb is more delicious than other MVC web frameworks I have worked with (including Rails):

  • On a diet...It is lighter weight than most, but still has enough oomph to implement common features with minimal code
  • Religion-free...It is ORM, JavaScript/AJAX and testing/speccing library agnostic.
  • The sum of it's parts...OK that was a lame segway, but parts is a mightily useful feature where a plugin is just total overkill. Just because Java calls something a "component" does not make it the general definition of a component in concept. And now look at the Rails plugin debacle today.
  • Precious gems...Plugins are created, distributed and installed in the form of beautiful RubyGems as opposed to the Rails plugin catastrophe with Gigabytes of duplicate disk space and lame version/revision control
  • It's exceptional...Merb actually thought about how to do exception handling in controllers before Rails came up with something and also came up with IMHO a better solution.
  • Speedy Gonzalez...Compared to especially Rails, Merb performs very nicely indeed.
  • Loose threads...Merb is thread-safe unlike Rails, so that means one process can handle multiple concurrent file uploads, where Rails cannot right now.
All together I think most people will find Merb to be a much better thought out (conceptually) MVC framework than Rails. Over the next few weeks I'll be talking a lot about Merb and it's delicious APIs, Plugins, etc. as it nears it's 1.0 release.

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous |

    Looking forward to seeing what you have to say on merb. I've been doing more and more projects in merb and really love the freedoms it enables.


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