Ruby on Rails 3.0, the next major version of the popular Web development framework, is expected to reach a release candidate phase -- generally the last phase before a general release -- in two weeks.
Available in a beta release since February, Rails 3.0 features the merger of Rails with the Merb framework.
"We expect a release candidate of Rails 3.0 ready by RailsConf," said Rails founder David Heinemeier Hansson in an email on Tuesday. RailsConf, a technical conference for Rails developers, will be held in Baltimore the week of June 7.
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Meanwhile, builders of Rails earlier this week have been announcing incremental upgrades to Rails. The latest of these was Rails 2.3.8, to fix issues with version 2.3.6. The 2.3.6 release features cross-site scripting prevention to match Rails 3.0 as well as Active Record improvements. The 2.3.8 release followed the 2.3.7 update, which a Rails blog says "slipped out the door too hastily." The blog cites issues with the rails_xss plugin addressing cross-site scripting.
"Fixing compatibility with the rails_xss plugin inadvertently forced everyone to use it," the blog says.
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