Can Rails Do This?

Hello I've decided to take on learning on rails and came up with a simple project that I can add onto as I learn so that the project and I can grow together. Before I got into it though I wanted to make sure that the features I want in the end product will be doable with rails.

The system is basically a news or article managment system and I will start off with the simple stuff and would like to add the following features.

Admin and Author CP Truncated article overviews Auto monthly archive that also will put all the articles for that month in a downloadable pdf Post by email feature for authors RSS Template modification from Admin Interface with built in back up and restore functions Site map generator for Google Spam control for comments Views to display the most read and most commented and so on to be displayed on the front page.

I have others but know that they can be done in rails but these I wanted to check on so I figured this is the best place to ask.

Please keep in mind that since I am learning I will start small and work through the list but I wanted a project that I could learn a lot from while still keeping towards the same goal.

Any input is welcome and I sure that I will be back with more questions.

p.s. I tried searching for the answers but it was way to hard to try and weed through the results and find the answers I wanted.>

Hi Mitchel

Yeah in Rails and Ruby you will be able to accomplish all the items you have on the list but its not something that is available out-of-the-box. You have to work your way out to implement all that stuff and solve the problems you will face. Some of them will be technical others will be sort of mind shifting.

The "Auto monthly archive " will probably be better done via a cron job and not in rails directly.

Already you have several features to implement, pick the simplest one and start from there and then move on to another.

No knowing the details of you project and from what you are after i would start with one of these

  • Views to display the most read and most commented and so on to be displayed on the front page.


  • Admin and Author CP

Good luck and have fun with rails.


Yeah it's basically an over glorified news system but I thought I wouls start off with the basic news catagory author set up and work my way from there in the most logical way possible. I figured cron would be the easiest way to accomplish the auto archive. Thanks for the feed back. Now I can get started and hopefully learning this way will improve my overall programing skills. As I said before I'm sure I"ll be back with plenty of questions. Merry Christmas.