It looks like Rails 0.13 has been released. There's a lot of nifty-looking stuff in there, but the one that really grabs my eye is the new migration
facility. Rails now has the ability to make schema changes when you
upgrade your app. So, when version 1.1 of your app comes along, and it
needs to add an
eye_color field to the
user table, you can now handle it entirely within Rails.
The nice thing is that this is completely database-independent.
It'll work on both MySQL and PostgreSQL now, and other databases as
soon as their Rails drivers are updated.
One possible shortcoming with migrations: I don't see any obvious
way to enforce the correct order of migrations–if version 1.2 adds a
pets table, and version 1.3 adds a
nickname field to
pets, then I don't see how the upgrade process from 1.1 to 1.3 will know which order to apply the two migration scripts.
Also, the migration code seems to be a nice first start on
database-independent schemas. I suspect that a near-future Rails
revision will allow developers to specify the schema as a set of
migrations, and then the migration mechanism will create all of the
tables needed automatically. That'll be another huge step for Rails