This is news that i receive with mixed feelings. On the good side:
Rails will improve: decoupling of modules (and the choice of ORM), the use of Merb Rack (already being merged in if i’m not mistaken)
Merb philosophy was to go soft on the Ruby meta magic: code readability is more important than writing 1 line instead of two. Let’s hope the Rails development can integrate that.
On the doubtful side: * the Merb project had a lot of freedom to reinvent itself, to manoeuvre from scratch. Rails already has what amounts to legacy. Can it purify itself up to the standards of Merb ?
- Merb was keeping Rails on its toes – healthy competition never hurts. Is there another comparable Ruby web framework out there ? I’m not a huge fan of Zed Shaw (other than he’s funny), but he had a point: complacency sucks.
Anyway, we’ll see how it goes. I’m certainly excited to see what comes out of this particular union. Rails 3 will again move a faire bit away from its previous version. Anyone know what kind of schedule we’re talking about ? Update: and i guess we have an answer*