Beast: An Exercise in Code Minimalism

By Deane Barker on August 31, 2006

Beast: An open source Rails forum in under 500 lines of code: The link text really says it all.

Rick Olson and Josh Goebel have teamed up to produce Beast, a lightweight but well styled forum. Rails has sorely been lacking a good, well styled, open source forum, but Beast is great.

Ruby is as concise as all get-out. Aided by The Pickaxe Book, I once wrote a Web server in about 20 lines of code. It was just a little script that listened on a specified port and would open files and return the contents. I had no need for it, but it was fun to play with and really demonstrated how powerful and fast Ruby could be.

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