Jon Udell discovers Ruby on Rails and shows special affection for Active Record in Separating code from its environment:
Ive only scratched the surface of Ruby, but when I recently started a project that required a Web-based interface to a SQL
database, I reached for Ruby on Rails, because Id heard its a great
way to automate the tedious chores of Web development. If there is
another object-relational mapper that is as powerful and yet as
lightweight as Ruby on Rails, I havent seen it.