I've been speaking to Wayne and in the long term he will extend the RailsInstaller site with more information on where to go next and links to tutorials, etc, but for now he wants RailsInstaller.org to be the #1 "go to" site for budding Windows-based Rails developers. To help with this, he's keen for people to link to http://railsinstaller.org/ with the text Rails Windows Installer - making it more likely to come up if people Google for "rails windows" and similar.
Being on sites like HN will probably do most of the work but Wayne & RVM have been significant credits to the Ruby world in the last year so if you have the opportunity to link it up, please do! I'm going to get a link on Ruby Inside ASAP..
The most useful Windows installer I found for RoR (and I'm far from a Windows detractor) was this one: http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/windows-installer
Either way, these are more convoluted "getting started" or "test drive" solutions. A 50Mb one-click installer that "just works" will hopefully help new Rails developers fall in love with Rails first and foremostly.
I had a weird issue where I had to reinstall xcode from the OS X DVD. Took a bit of Googling to figure that one out.
Just sudo gem update to get the latest version and you're good to go.
ruby - Ruby itself is prerequisite in order to build Ruby 1.9. It can be 1.8.
The intent is to upgrade RailsInstaller to Ruby 1.9.2 definitely. For the first release, we went with 1.8.7 to maximize the likelihood of pleasant experiences.
I'd like an integration test suite around RailsInstaller for common use cases of Rails (and other common ecosystem tools, like git). That might go hand in hand with the promotion of ruby 1.9.2 on Windows.
I hope that this increases visibility on Windows so that gem maintainers will pay more attention to that audience when developing and improving their libraries.
Working on the 1.9.2 port, but it's just not that simple...
Here's what it looks like with Rspec: http://www.bryanbibat.net/images/rspec-haml.png
It was how i started with Rails and Ruby on Windows. After I got addicted I switched to Ubuntu.
The focus for RailsInstaller is a welcome kit for new developers. Can we give them everything they need for the first 30 days until they fall in love with Rails? After that, they'll learn to create tickets on projects, learn about different Rubies, learn about different ways to do things.
Can we keep them excited and nurture them into the Rails/Ruby communities? Hopefully, yes, if its trivially easy to get started.
Sorry but I am trying to see the difference but I am not sure if I can.
So then the difference is some kind of friendly/more advanced installation interface and an easy way to get started installing less "stuff" than rubystack does?