I’ve been hearing a lot about the Ruby programming language lately, and specifically about Ruby on Rails. After looking at different strategies to get this sucker up and running, I decided to take the path of the cowardly and install Instant Rails. I am still trying to figure out what the heck it is and does, but a lot of people seem to like it for throwing together quick, powerful, open, and structured web applications.

On a related “gaining in popularity” note is S5, an open-source, open-standards application for producing web-enabled presentations. No more must one be a slave to that wicked master, Microsoft Powerpoint (or OO.o Impress, for that matter, or whatever you crazy Mac heathens use). Now one can produce a web presentation using S5, which puts all the material into one XHTML file. It uses CSS and JavaScript for styles and functionality, respectively. I think I might check that out as well. Counterpoint: OpenOffice 2.0’s Impress application does a bang-up job as well.

And finally, what is all this talk of the Web 2.0? Here’s a more or less full run-down of Web 2.0, and five reasons why it matters.

In the meantime, I’m still cranking away on my NLB’d terminal servers.

(And another trackback test). Â