I really like that this generates normal Rails code in a Git repo, and not just an opaque black box that you can't modify. Looks like it could be really useful.
Yeah, though that limits its potential reach. For example, a designer with no rails experience couldn't use it to whip up a basic app for a client. I chatted with them though and they have plans to broaden their support.
Do you see dev as a whole moving this way? That in a couple years, most apps will be maintained via GUI?
I don't see dev as a whole moving in that direction.
But I don't see why they couldn't carve out a nice niche for themselves with people who know enough Rails to understand what's going on, but don't necessarily want to code everything from scratch every time.
This is AWESOME -- looking forward to playing around with this more :)
I see you guys are located in Chicago -- we'd love to get involved with some of the design work (if you guys are interested). My email's email@example.com -- just let me know
This looks great and a really interesting idea. I could even see this being great as a prototyping tool.
I would like to hear Rails developers evaluate the quality of the generated code. In my experience, generated code of any kind is not very lightweight and needs a lot of improvement.
So, not being a ruby dev at all, I tried this.
The site works great and everything looks and functions as you expect. :)
However, as soon as I followed their instructions to get it working on my machine, it failed.
First a gem wasn't installed. Then there was something wrong with the sqlite gem. All this time I was chatting to a prelang dev. He basically said: look on google- i will be of no help, and blamed the code not working because of something on my system (although i literally haven't touched ruby on my mac).
If they are marketing themselves as having a three command line "install and run" company (after using their site of course), they need to improve.
All being said- it is still alpha, and this has great potential!
Right now I don't think they're supporting users with rails experience. The app is setup to get you going and give you a head start, but then you must take it from there. So to get any value from it, you'd need to have ruby and rails installed on your system. Check out RVM for help with that.
I had a good chat with the guys though and in the future, they're interested in a more long-term workflow.
In their defense, environment issues are probably out of the scope of what their able to support. That's something a sysadmin would do, not necessarily a developer.
Looks like they could benefit from including an executable setup with each project created. If not that, instructions for making sure all your gems are installed and common issues you might run in to.
However, I don't blame them for releasing as-is and seeing what issues people run in to so they can address them in the phase of the project.
I've seen the future!
Seriously, where has this been? One of the best things since sliced bread and automated testing.
Pretty solid start, look forward to seeing uploads/hosting etc.